Densho Digital Archive
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Collection
Title: Shizuko Kadoguchi Interview
Narrator: Shizuko Kadoguchi
Interviewer: Peter Wakayama
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: February 15, 2005
Densho ID: denshovh-kshizuko-01-0022

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PW: What do you think of the current building and the programs and the future of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre?

SK: Oh, they're doing good. They're doing good. I thought they, they won't carry on, but they're doing okay.

PW: So you think the future of the Cultural Centre is good?

SK: Yes, uh-huh, because --

PW: Especially with the new facilities, I guess.

SK: And especially when you're involved in all the cultural thing, even Canadian people are more than Japanese Nisei or Sansei. More into it, so, I think it's okay.

PW: What, do you have any comments about the Japanese Canadian community in Canada, Toronto, in the future?

SK: I don't involve too much in things, so I can't say.

PW: You're now eighty-four-plus.

SK: Yes. [Laughs]

PW: You've had an excellent life. What do you, do you have any comments about, about your life now?

SK: Oh, yes. I saw the day with NHK, with, they always once a week, hundred years, over hundred years men or ladies. And most are very healthy or some was when they were young, (they were sick, some), they were very healthy. So they lived hundred and four, so my daughter listened to that, "Oh no." [Laughs] So I said, "Why, 'oh no'?" "Well, never mind," she said. "You were sick, too, when you're a child, and always get sick. So like that man, you're gonna live to hundred and twenty," she said.

PW: But I think you got all your sickness out of the way when you were young, so now you can continue on.

SK: Yeah, and healthy like my brother and sister all passed away, and weakest one lived. [Laughs]

PW: Well, I think you've had a fantastic life, and thank you very much.

SK: You're welcome.

PW: It's been a great story.

SK: Thank you.

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