Densho Digital Archive
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community Collection
Title: Nob Koura Interview
Narrator: Nob Koura
Interviewer: Frank Kitamoto
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Date: March 24, 2007
Densho ID: denshovh-knob-01-0001

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FK: Well, what can you tell me about your parents and your grandparents? Like where in Japan did they live before they came over to the United States?

NK: In Japan.

FK: Yeah, what part of Japan?

NK: You got me. I know I visited over there, some relatives, but even forget where that was.

FK: Okay. Did they ever tell you why they decided to come to the United States?

NK: No. My grandparents came over about the same time as my parents.

FK: That's kind of unusual, isn't it, to have grandparents and parents come over? So where were you born?

NK: Seattle.

FK: Seattle, okay.

NK: They were living in Seattle, I think, at the time.

FK: Uh-huh. Now, did they come straight to the United States or did they come somewhere first before they came to the United States?

NK: Far as I know, they came straight.

FK: Do you remember about when they came to Bainbridge Island?

NK: Hmm... I don't know.

FK: Well, how old were you when you came to the island, do you know?

NK: Must have been a few... let's see, was I five years old by then? I was five years old or just barely born at the time. I can't...

FK: Too young to remember?

NK: Yeah, too young to remember anything.

FK: Yeah, okay. Now, how many children did you have in your family?

NK: There were... Art and me...

FK: So you were second, huh?

NK: Six, I think.

FK: Six children.

NK: Six of us.

FK: So you were all born in the United States, then?

NK: [Nods]

FK: Okay.

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