Densho Digital Archive
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Collection
Title: Bill Hashizume Interview
Narrator: Bill Hashizume
Interviewer: Norm Ibuki
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: October 29, 2005
Densho ID: denshovh-hbill_2-01-0024

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NI: Yeah, what kind of projects are you working on now?

BH: Nothing much except history of Henei Nokai. Piece of it which I showed you. And that's about it.

NI: Do you get to Japan very often?

BH: Since coming back, I went back in 1965, 1970, 1973, 1980, 1990, 1998, and then forthcoming November the 16th.

NI: Does it feel like home when you go to Japan, or what's your feeling?

BH: Probably I'll feel like Rip Van Winkle, it's so modernized now. But the main, the main things are still there, like, like Tokyo Station, like Tokyo Station, Fujiyama is still there, the Imperial Palace, Asakusa Kaminarimon is still there. The loop line around Tokyo is still there, the stations, Osaka is still the same. Where we lived has changed a little. Shikoku where my mother was born has hardly changed.

NI: You have brothers or sisters, are they, do you have anybody living in Japan right now?

BH: No. None in Japan right now.

NI: They're all back here.

BH: They're all back here. One's in Hawaii, the youngest one is Hawaii, and my younger sister is in, lives in Don Mills, and myself. Of the siblings, only us three are still living. And the one in Hawaii, well, she's a millionaire. My brother in Japan, he's a millionaire, and my sister who lived in Spain and died, she died a millionaire. The only two, me and my younger sister living here, are the poor siblings.

NI: What, for your grandchild, what's your grandchild's name?

BH: Noah.

NI: Noah?

BH: Yeah. I guess when Noah gets, grows up and maybe Noah wants to see this DVD in the future, is there anything about your, your life experience in Japan and through the war and going through all that you've gone through, what would you want to say?

BH: Well, it's pretty hard, but the only thing is do what you can do the best as you possibly... it applies to anything. Whether you live in Canada, in Japan, be respectful of others, the usual things. That's about the only thing, as long as they follow that principle, they can do no wrong. Keep a... watch where your money goes. Don't go broke, or don't go into debt, that's about it.

NI: [Laughs] Okay, well, maybe we'll finish there for today. Thank you, thanks very much.

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