Narrators

Narrators are the interview subjects of oral histories contained in the Densho Digital Repository. Our interviewees, or narrators, share their life histories to preserve history, educate the public, and promote tolerance. We urge our users to approach these materials in the same spirit.

987 narrators

Mary Takayanagi

Nisei female. Grew up in West Los Angeles, California, where parents farmed. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Left camp …

Joe Takehara

Nisei male. Born April 2, 1932, in San Diego, California. Prior to World War II, father worked as a fisherman and mother worked in a …

Rae Takekawa

Sansei female. Born August 27, 1927, in Bellevue, Washington. Raised on the family farm in Bellevue, Washington, prior to World War II. Was incarcerated at …

Bill Takemoto

Nisei male. Born September 9, 1928, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After the war, joined …

Victor Takemoto

Nisei male. Born October 27, 1926, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Parents were strawberry farmers before World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed …

Sumiye Takeno

Nisei female. Born November 17, 1922, in Florin, California. Grew up in Florin, where parents operated a farm. Just prior to World War II, attended …

Ben Takeshita

Nisei male. Born August 2, 1930, in San Mateo, California. During World War II, removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the …

Carolyn Takeshita

Sansei female. Born June 2, 1937 in Los Angeles, California. Family removed to Poston concentration camp, Arizona, and resettled in Denver, Colorado, after World War …

Cookie Takeshita

Nisei female. Born April 1, 1929, in Alameda, California. Grew up in Alameda, where father ran a gardening business. During World War II, family was …

Helen Takeshita

Sansei female. Born February 27, 1935, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco's Japantown. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly …

Misa Taketa

Nisei female. Born January 18, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the South Park area, south of Seattle, where parents ran a farm. During …

Hikoji Takeuchi

Nisei male. Born December 18, 1921, in Los Angeles, California. Parents owned and operated a restaurant. Father passed away prior to the onset of World …

Hiro Takeuchi

Nisei male. Born April 9, 1915, in Troutdale, Oregon. Grew up in several areas in Oregon where parents ran a farm. Started a grocery business …

Tomiko Takeuchi

Sansei female. Born April 18, 1942, in Portland, Oregon. During World War II, moved as an infant with family to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, …

Donald K. Tamaki

Sansei male. Born May 26, 1951, in Oakland, California. Received law degree from UC Berkeley. In the 1980s, served as a member of the pro …

Ben Tamashiro

Nisei male. Born in 1917 in Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawaii. Grew up in Hanapepe where father worked on a plantation. Volunteered for the army prior to …

Frank Shinichiro Tanabe

Nisei male. Born on August 10, 1919, in Osaka, Japan. Attended college at the University of Washington before being removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, …

Gus Tanaka

Nisei male. Born August 3, 1923, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where father was a physician in Japantown. Was attending college prior to …

Chester Tanaka

Nisei male. Born in St. Louis, Missouri. During World War II, served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy and France.

Kyoko Nishi Tanaka

Nisei female. Born February 26, 1927. One of four sisters, grew up near Los Angeles, California, where parents ran a nursery business. Following the bombing …

Rose Tanaka

Nisei female. Born October 11, 1926, in San Luis Obispo, California. Grew up in San Luis Obispo, where parents farmed. During World War II, removed …

Taketora Jim Tanaka

Nisei male. Born January 2, 1926, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the …

Walter Tanaka

Nisei male. Born February 19, 1918, in Watsonville, California. Drafted into the military before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Volunteered for the Military Intelligence Service …

Betty Tanakatsubo

Nisei female. Born June 15, 1925, in Sacramento, California. During World War II, removed to the Sacramento Assembly Center, California, and the Tule Lake concentration …

Kaz T. Tanemura

Male, Issei-han. Born April 27, 1928, in Japan. As an infant, came to the U.S. where parents had previously immigrated. Family ran a hotel in …
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