Densho Digital Archive
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Collection
Title: Kimi Wakabayashi Interview
Narrator: Kimi Wakabayashi
Interviewer: Peter Wakayama
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Date: January 10, 2005
Densho ID: denshovh-wkim-01-0003

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PW: When you came to Canada, somebody else came with you.

KW: Oh yeah, that's Mrs. Yamamoto, otsune-san, isshoni kita no na.

PW: And then, where did, now, you landed in Vancouver?

KW: Yeah, and I stayed that time maybe week in Vancouver, I think. Then came to Saskatchewan.

PW: So therefore your sister-in-law, Mrs. Yamamoto, tsune-san, was left with her husband in Vancouver?

KW: Yeah.

PW: And then you and...

KW: The same time.

PW: Same time. And then both you and your husband went to Saskatchewan.

KW: Saskatchewan, yeah.

PW: So when you came to Saskatchewan, how did you feel?

KW: Well, I forget but very lonesome that time, isn't it? Yeah. I don't know how cook and I don't know anything. Can't talk English, and kind of lonesome, kind of, sometimes.

PW: How many families were there?

KW: Regina? Maybe (I know) Kitano, Nomura, maybe five or six families.

PW: And how did they help you?

KW: Oh, they take me shopping, yeah, shopping most of the time. Oh, Mrs. Kitano same apartment stay, she, and then that's why she taking me shopping and cooking. So I'm lucky that time.

PW: So you stayed with the Kitagawa family the first time?

KW: Yeah, same apartment, yeah.

PW: And basically you spoke Japanese all the time?

KW: Oh, yes, yeah.

PW: So then after you were in Regina, then you didn't work at the store, did you, at the Silkalina?

KW: Oh, no, no.

PW: You just stayed home?

KW: Yeah, that's right. Sugu ni ore ninjin shita desho. Dakara. [Laughs]

PW: She got pregnant. [Laughs] And so she became a mother.

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