Densho Digital Archive
Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Rokuro Kurihara Interview
Narrator: Rokuro Kurihara
Interviewer: Richard Potashin
Location: Glendale, California
Date: May 10, 2010
Densho ID: denshovh-krokuro-01-0012

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RP: Did you work on any of the gardens as well?

RK: Yeah, well, I sure worked on the Block 6 and Block 12 one, yeah.

RP: The Block 6 garden is... we haven't excavated that one yet but that's supposed to be the next one in line.

RK: Oh, yeah?

RP: You worked on the Block 9 garden, too?

RK: I don't recall. I probably could have, yeah.

RP: So, Mr. Kado, as you can recall, designed the Block 6 garden?

RK: Yeah, he probably did, yeah. Yeah.

RP: And rocks came from where for that garden?

RK: On the Sierra side. Because they were different rocks. They were white, granite rocks. Whereas the other one was, sort of had color to it. Yeah. You know, I spent three years there you know, going to school.

RP: How about the cemetery tower? Mr. Kado also worked on the cemetery tower in the back of the camp?

RK: Yeah, he did. You know I got a great picture of that, too. I've gotta take it up to...

RP: Did you work on that, too?

RK: You know, I don't recall workin' on that. I don't recall working on that. I know what you mean, though. I have a picture of it.

RP: So how did he, you said that Louie was kind of the supervisor.

RK: Yeah, well, he was the son, so you know, he sort of...

RP: Did he...

RK: ...he was sort of the foreman.

RP: Uh-huh.

RK: But he was like us. He'd goof off here and there.

RP: Teenager, too, huh.

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