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Title: Pearl Yoshikawa Interview
Narrator: Pearl Yoshikawa
Interviewer: Carolyn Nayematsu
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date: October 12, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-ypearl-01-0013

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CN: Ed sounds like he was Methodist, I forgot to ask, was your family religious at all?

PY: Very strong Buddhists, but I was in search. I said, what is this life all about? Give me a reason. Before I knew it, well, then Ed, he fell into my life and he gave me a Bible, and from then on, it was amazing how the Lord just worked different Christian people in my life, and they just really, I just can't help but think that He had his hand upon and answered my...

CN: Your, just thinking back to Oregon life, were most of the people around you Buddhists?

PY: Oh, yes.

CN: They were. But it seems like a lot of people over here that became Christian? Oh, there's a Japanese Buddhist church here...

PY: No, but the majority I would say are Christians if they are religious in any way. You know, I would say that. Mostly.

CN: I do remember hearing about the Episcopal father...

PY: Father Dai? Kitagawa? Otani?

CN: Otani. When I came, it was...

PY: Father Otani...

CN: Father Otani. And I do know it was the Japanese Buddhist church.

PY: Yes. They still are in existence.

CN: Are active right?

PY: Yes, they are very active.

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