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-02-0009

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MU: Apparently you were not surprised that Pearl Harbor happened then?

TM: Certainly, I was surprised, but I don't know in what form this was going to take place.

MU: This eruption...

TM: I don't know how the war was gonna start, but I was surprised.

MU: You were.

TM: Especially when without warning, you might say, she came to attack. I didn't think it was right, I thought it was coward, you know. And they say that in Japan. Shoot, shoot people from the back, or in the back, they have a saying in Japan.

MU: Contrary to the samurai code.

TM: Contrary to the old tradition.

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