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-02-0023

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TM: And I, we had a 1946 Plymouth that we had shipped from...

MU: Oh, you did?

TM: ...California to Japan, when wife came to Japan to join me, and my father said I should leave the Plymouth with him. [Laughs] I didn't know how he was going to afford to pay for the gas, but he thought I should leave the car.

MU: So you did?

TM: No.

MU: You brought it home?

TM: No, I... well, we were there for four years, and about second year, the PX started to -- army PX started to sell cars.

MU: Oh, I see.

TM: We had to draw numbers and we happened to draw a number and we were able to buy, now that was... I think a '47 Chevrolet, and after we bought that, we sold our Plymouth to -- I don't know who bought it. I think a Caucasian sergeant or somebody bought it. One of the neighbors.

MU: So, what happened to the Chevrolet?

TM: Oh, Chevrolet, we also sold before we left Japan. And we paid, I forgot how much, but not much though. Less than two thousand dollars. And we took a depreciation of seventy-five dollars after two years of use. [Laughs]

MU: Good deal, huh?

TM: Yeah.

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