Densho Digital Archive
Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Art Okuno Interview
Narrator: Art Okuno
Interviewer: Kirk Peterson
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: September 1, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-oart-01-0023

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KP: So when and where did you meet your wife?

AO: Oh, we met in church, San Francisco.

KP: And when was that?

AO: [To wife] When was that, '50? Church.

Off camera: '52? Yeah.

AO: She was a Buddhist, attending the Buddhist church, but she couldn't quite understand because the sermons were in Japanese, so she decided to come to this church, Methodist church in San Francisco. It's mostly Japanese American or others, and that's after the, my friend and I said, we were going to church and I said, "You know, I hear that Pine Church," that's the name, "serving lunch, Japanese food after service, so let's go." That's how we started going. Then eventually I met her. We were both sort of involved in the church.

KP: And when did you get married?

AO: Fifty-six years ago. [Asks wife] Is that right?

KP: Uh-oh, you're in trouble now. [Laughs]

AO: Fifty-five? Okay. Pretty close.

KP: And did you live in, when you worked for NASA, where did you work, what company?

AO: I worked for the government.

KP: Okay, where did you live at that time?

AO: Well, I was commuting for, like, two years, from San Francisco. I was living in San Francisco after we got married. We used to meet downtown and there were, like, three others who were commuting down to Moffett Field, so I got into the carpool. Then eventually we started building a home in Saratoga. We're still there.

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