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Title: Toyoko Okumura Interview
Narrator: Toyoko Okumura
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: July 6, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-otoyoko-01-0022

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TI: So you, after your mother died, you decided to come back to the United States.

TO: Uh-huh.

TI: How did you decide where to live? Is this when you came to Denver?

TO: No, California.

TI: Okay, so you went to California.

TO: And I had a brother in Pasadena, so that's where I came first.

TI: So when you came back to the United States, did it seem different when you came back to live? I mean, did it seem different than when you...

TO: When I first came over, I noticed that the Niseis... I was old at that time, too, but not realizing. And I'd see these Nisei boys on First Street, I says, "Well, gosh, you still have Isseis living around here," you know. And found out they were all Nisei, they were speaking English. [Laughs]

TI: Oh, so the Niseis looked like the Isseis to you.

TO: Isseis, yeah, they did.

TI: That's funny. Any other changes? Like Little Tokyo, how did that seem different to you?

TO: Oh, I thought that was great.

TI: What part was great? What did you like?

TO: Well, all the food there, of course, Japanese food for one. And spoke Japanese, lot of Isseis still there.

TI: And so what year did you come? Was it like... forty-one years, so about late '80s?

TO: '85.

TI: '85. That's good.

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