Densho Digital Archive
Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: George T. "Joe" Sakato Interview
Narrator: George T. "Joe" Sakato
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date: May 14, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-sgeorge-01-0011

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TI: Okay, so now you're, you're now a couple months later, a few months later, so now tell me what happens.

GS: Then we says, we had to move out or get ready to go to camp, Poston. And they said, "Well, we'll give you three days to settle your things, and then you could move to wherever you want to, move out of state." So we had a, brother-in-law's brother was working in Arizona and they said they didn't have to go to camp. So my brother-in-law was in Redlands, Riverside, and him and his wife and his baby, my niece, they all traveled, and they had to report the various little towns that they would go through to indicate that they were traveling, okay to travel. So then we had to, everybody had to report to each town they went through. And we probably did the same thing, although we didn't stop as many times as they did.

TI: So I'm curious, when you only have three days to, to do this, you both had stores.

GS: Right.

TI: How do you close down a store so quickly?

GS: "This is for sale, give me whatever you can, cost." We just had bought a meat case, cost us eight hundred dollars. We sold it for three hundred dollars and threw in the store.

TI: So the person who bought this got, for three hundred dollars, the new meat...

GS: Case.

TI:, and the store?

GS: And the store.

TI: With the inventory?

GS: Inventory and all.

TI: And so who did they sell that to? Do you remember who it was?

GS: I don't know who the people that bought it, but then there's, my brother, older brother Ken did the negotiation and stuff like that.

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