Densho Digital Archive
Japanese American Museum of San Jose Collection
Title: James Sakamoto Interview
Narrator: James Sakamoto
Interviewer: Ann Muto
Location: San Jose, California
Date: October 18, 2004
Densho ID: denshovh-sjames-01-0007

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AM: Okay, and you talked a little bit about your family when they left Alviso, and what they, what it was like with their farm and their equipment and things like that. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?

JS: Well, he, we only had about, what, that two weeks or so, so he went to the neighbor's and he bought our equipment for five hundred dollars, our farm equipment, which... and that was about it. We loaded everything on a truck that we could take with us, and we had to leave a lot of it behind, but couldn't help it then, because we had to get out.

AM: And you said the crops that you had put into the ground, you just had to...

JS: Yeah, we had lettuce, peas growing. We just left everything there.

AM: Do you --

JS: I don't know who took over.

AM: -- what happened with that?

JS: No.

AM: Okay, your family moved to Stockton in an attempt to avoid the evacuation, but how did the family feel when they were evacuated anyway, even though they did move?

JS: Well, they, I guess they couldn't, everybody was in the same boat, and couldn't help it, so they went along with what everybody said. So I think it was hard on them, but what could they do? You have the military there.

AM: Kind of accepted that's what was gonna happen.

JS: Yeah, you accepted it, yeah, uh-huh.

AM: Yeah. And then were, were all the members of your family evacuated together? You mentioned your brother --

JS: No, well, my oldest brother was in the army, and the rest of us, we were all evacuated to, yeah, the islands there, together.

AM: Okay.

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