Densho Digital Archive
Preserving California's Japantowns Collection
Title: Louie Watanabe Interview
Narrator: Louie Watanabe
Interviewers: Tom Ikeda (primary); Jill Shiraki (secondary)
Location: Sacramento, California
Date: December 8, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-wlouie-01-0033

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TI: So let's go back to you. So when you're in Granada, you are about sixteen, seventeen years old? So you're still going to high school.

LW: High school, yeah.

TI: So let's talk about the schools first. What were the schools like at Granada?

LW: Well, school was mostly all Japanese, so we get along pretty good. But the trouble is, I didn't do any studying. Too much other activities, so homework, I got enough grade to pass. So one time, the teacher put a stop to it and they said, "You better get your grade up there or I'm gonna flunk you." [Laughs] So what we used to do, friend of mine, we used to go to Granada town, get a pass, because we know this lady that gave out free passes there, and play pool there and come back. The parents don't know it, but that's why, the grade in high school, I was pretty bad.

TI: And so did you graduate out of Granada?

LW: No, because I got out before, the camp, before my class graduated. So I didn't get a diploma or graduation thing. I was out of camp already.

TI: You mentioned that you weren't a good student, you had other activities. So going to Granada and playing pool was one thing that you did.

LW: Well, that was one, yeah. In between, because I played basketball for high school team.

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