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-01-0017

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RP: Now, what about your neighbors in Block 6? Who else was in your barrack building? Who else lived in the other rooms in your barrack?

RK: Well, right next door to us was Nakaharas.

RP: Nakaharas.

RK: There was Tomotsu, who was same age as I was.

RP: Uh-huh.

RK: Shig and Joe and they had a sister.

RP: Uh-huh.

RK: And Tomatsu and I, we were buddy-buddies. Because we were same, we were in the same class.

RP: Uh-huh.

RK: And then on the other side there was the, the, it was Yokomizo's cousin, and they were right next to us. There was Keibo and... Kiebo and Kibo we used to call them. And the Kados were on the end. The Yokomizos were there, and then that's the girl I said that eventually married my brother. And there were, the Takayamas were there. The, in the, in the blocks, you usually stuck with the block. If you were Block 6, you sort of stuck around with the block. Gettin' old so I can't remember the names. [Laughs]

RP: Did you have any landscaping around your barrack that you can recall?

RK: Oh yeah, the, the families, they all grew things, just to make it homey-like, sure. Everybody did that.

RP: And your father was a gardener so...

RK: Well, everybody --

RP: Everybody did that.

RK: -- they had the little plot of grass, a little lawn. So they, they made it as homey as possible.

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