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Watsonville - Santa Cruz JACL Collection
Title: Eiko Nishihara - Yoshiko Nishihara Interview
Narrators: Eiko Nishihara and Yoshiko Nishihara
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Watsonville, California
Date: November 19, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-neiko_g-01-0004

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TI: So let's, let's talk a little bit about your... well, let's talk about your father first. And so Eiko, do you know, like, where in Japan he was from?

EN: Hiroshima. I think he was... I can't remember if it's Aki-gun or Asa-gun. One or the other. My mother is one or the other. I think it's Aki-gun.

TI: And were those pretty close together?

EN: Uh-huh.

TI: Okay. So your father was from the Hiroshima area. And do you know what type of work your father's family did in Japan?

EN: No, he didn't talk about that to me.

TI: Now, was there anything that you could remember about your father's family, either one of you, that, in Japan?

EN: No, I don't... he didn't talk too much about his family.

TI: Okay. How about his reasons for coming to America?

EN: I guess he wanted a better life, huh. Over there, it's different compared to over here. He thought it was, he'll have a better life.

TI: And so when he came to America, where did he go first?

EN: Well, they came to San Francisco, then he found Watsonville, I don't know how. I guess we should have asked him when we were younger, but we never thought of those things.

TI: Yeah, that's... so he landed in San Francisco, made his way to Watsonville, and then what kind of work did he do in Watsonville?

EN: Well, there were all kind of vegetables, apples, I think they were picking a lot of apples, too.

TI: And do you know kind of about what year he came to Watsonville?

EN: He was seventeen years old, seventeen or eighteen. He was born in 1899, '99, so seventeen years after that, he came to this country.

TI: So about 1916, roughly? Yeah, it'd be 1916.

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