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-01-0007

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PW: Now, how long did you work at the Mikado Store?

KW: Well, until George took over, you know, so I can't remember how long.

PW: So you were in your seventies, plus.

KW: Hmm?

PW: You were into seventies?

KW: Yeah. Huh?

PW: You were well over seventy, right, when you were...

KW: Seventy?

PW: Yeah, over seventy.

KW: I think so. [Laughs]

PW: And you have three children?

KW: Three children, yeah.

PW: And who are they and what do they do?

KW: That time is, Arthur is university, Ruby is start nursing, oh, she came Toronto for nursing. George is still high school, I think. I can't remember.

PW: Now, your first-born, Arthur, was, worked for the provincial government?

KW: Yeah, he finished university, then they went to Regina provincial government. Unless he take off for a couple of years, Harvard University, yeah, uh-huh. Then he went to Ottawa, I think. How many year working in Ottawa, I don't...

PW: Many years. And he was, he was very distinguished in his career. And he's even got a Order of Canada.

KW: Oh, yeah, that's right. That's very nice. Not, how many years ago?

PW: Few years ago.

KW: Huh?

PW: Few years ago.

KW: Oh.

PW: And your daughter lives where?

KW: Daughter?

PW: Yeah.

KW: Mississauga.

PW: Mississauga? And what does she do?

KW: She, what? What you call? She not much doing now.

PW: She does a lot of work volunteering.

KW: [Laughs] Church.

PW: Church? And what does George do now?

KW: Well, George now, most of the time in what?

PW: Retired?

KW: Not much doing.

PW: Now, George took over the Mikado Store after your husband passed away?

KW: Uh-huh.

PW: And he ran, and he ran the store.

KW: Yeah, then retire, how many years? Went to a few years ago, isn't it?

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