Densho Digital Archive
National Japanese American Historical Society Collection
Title: Takashi Matsui Interview
Narrator: Takashi Matsui
Interviewer: Marvin Uratsu
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: December 12, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-mtakashi-02-0014

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TM: So after the school was over, we were told to go and visit our relatives, parents, and whoever we have, so I took a vacation to go to Minidoka, Idaho, to see my...

MU: Incarceration camp.

TM: Yes. My uncle. I heard about relocation while I was in Arkansas. A friend of mine wrote to me.

MU: What kind of comments did he make about the camp, incarceration camp?

TM: What did I think of it?

MU: No, what did he write in his letter? Recall?

TM: Oh. He wasn't from Minidoka. In fact, this was a "she," who was a student at the University of Washington. And she went to somewhere -- I forgot where -- university someplace. And she wrote me from there. And said, "Oh, the Japanese evacuated," and she had to evacuate, too. But she was able to register at some kind of university where she was studying.

MU: In other words, she went to one of the camps, incarceration camps, and from there she went into the university at --

TM: I don't know whether she went to the camp or she went directly to the school. I don't know which.

MU: Well, okay. Now, you took your furlough and went to visit your uncle in Minidoka, which is one of the ten camps. Tell us what happened; how'd you get there in the first place?

TM: Well, I'm sure I took a train to -- because I wrote and asked my relatives, my uncle, how to get to the place. And I had a reply from my cousin where to get off as far as the train station was concerned, so I did. And there was a -- I believe it was shuttle bus, from Twin Falls to the camp. So I went by bus.

MU: Of course, you were in an American army uniform?

TM: Yes.

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