Densho Digital Archive
Watsonville - Santa Cruz JACL Collection
Title: Emi Yamamoto Interview
Narrator: Emi Yamamoto
Interviewer: Megan Asaka
Location: Watsonville, California
Date: July 30, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-yemi-01-0001

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MA: So I'm just going to start with a short introduction and then I'll start asking you some questions. So today is July 30, 2008, and I'm here with Emi Yamamoto. I'm Megan Asaka, the interviewer, and the cameraperson is Dana Hoshide. And we're in Kizuka Hall, which is home to the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL. So Emi, thank you so much for coming down here. I really appreciate it. So I wanted to start with some, some basic questions. So when were you born?

EY: 1919.

MA: What, what month and day?

EY: October 3rd.

MA: That's my birthday.

EY: Oh, is that right? [Laughs] What a coincidence.

MA: So where were you born?

EY: Fresno. Mono County.

MA: And what was the name given to you at birth?

EY: Emi Takata.

MA: And a little bit about your father, what was his name?

EY: Kanichi Takata.

MA: And where was he from in Japan?

EY: Hiroshima.

MA: And do you know what his family did in Japan, what type of work?

EY: Well, they were more or less, I don't know exactly but they were well-to-do. So the boys went, and my father came to America when he was a young fellow. And then he went back to get married.

MA: To meet your, your mother.

EY: My mother.

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