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Title: Eddie M. Inaba Interview
Narrator: Eddie M. Inaba
Interviewers: Tom Ikeda (primary); Jill Shiraki (secondary)
Location: Sacramento, California
Date: December 11, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-ieddie-01-0001

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TI: Okay, so we're gonna start. Today is Friday, December 11, 2009. We are at the home of Eddie Inaba in Sacramento. Interviewing, we have Jill Shiraki, and me, Tom Ikeda. And on the camera we have Dana Hoshide. And so, Eddie, thank you so much for interviewing today. So the first question is, can you tell me where you were born?

EI: Walnut Grove, May the 9th, 1917.

TI: Okay, so you were born on May 9, 1917, Walnut Grove. Now, were you in Walnut Grove, or was it like a... do you recall where in Walnut Grove?

EI: In the country, Staten Island. Small place.

TI: So this Staten Island...

EI: Yeah, Staten Island.

TI: And when you were born, were you born in a house?

EI: Yeah, a house, yes.

TI: Good. So let's, tell me first your brothers and sisters. Can you start with your brothers and sisters, and tell me all your brothers and sisters? Their names, of your brothers and sisters?

EI: Oh, name? From top I have a sister named Toshiko Inaba, and Akira Inaba is my brother, Mitsuru Inaba, my sister, then myself, and Flu H. Inaba, my brother, younger brother, and Tomiko Inaba, my sister, youngest sister, the baby.

TI: So you were the fourth one, you had two older sisters, one older brother. Okay, good.

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