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-01-0009

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RP: Did your, did your father work in camp?

RK: Yeah, he worked in camp. He, he worked in, he worked on the farm, yeah. He worked on the farm. And my mom, she worked in the kitchen. Sixteen dollars, or twelve dollars a month. Which was good.

RP: How about your other brothers? Do you know what they did in camp?

RK: Ken... gee, I don't know what Ken did. And they were, they were there such a short time you know. And my brother, the second brother, I don't think he did. Shiro he, he delivered oil I remember.

RP: Uh-huh, for the stoves.

RK: Stoves, yeah.

RP: Huh.

RK: And Goro, well, he, we were still in school. And like, and like myself, I worked in the... you know these, I worked for Kado, you know. You know Kado?

RP: Yeah Kado.

RK: He, he was the stone mason?

RP: Right.

RK: I worked for them. Most every summer I worked for him.

RP: Every summer?

RK: Yeah.

RP: And when --

RK: And you know we had this camouflage net place, camouflage net. I worked there too.

RP: Oh. Yeah, that was open the first summer that you were there.

RK: Yeah, they sort of closed that place down, you know. I don't know why, but...

RP: You worked on actually weaving nets?

RK: No, we, we cut the, we cut the, cut the... in strips.

RP: Oh, you cut the strips.

RK: Strips, so they could weave into the net.

RP: Oh. Uh-huh.

RK: That's what I did anyway.

RP: You did that?

RK: That's what I remember.

RP: Uh-huh. Did you have any problems with the, the chemicals or the dyes on the strips? Some, some guys complained about rashes and things.

RK: Well, if they did I didn't know about it. [Laughs] No. No.

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