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Testimony of Jiro and Shea Aoki (ddr-densho-67-310)
doc Testimony of Jiro and Shea Aoki (ddr-densho-67-310)
Written testimony of Jiro and Shea Aoki. Incarcerated in the Puyallup Assembly Center and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. This testimony was submitted for the CWRIC hearings in Seattle, Washington, September 9-11, 1981. Personal information excised by Densho.
Testimony of Robert T. Mizukami (ddr-densho-67-188)
doc Testimony of Robert T. Mizukami (ddr-densho-67-188)
Written testimony of Robert T. Murakami, of Fife, Washington. Incarcerated in Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. This testimony was presented at the CWRIC hearing in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday, September 10, 1981, in the section titled "Impact on Japanese American Veterans." Personal information excised by Densho.
Francis Mas Fukuhara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-9)
vh Francis Mas Fukuhara Interview (ddr-densho-1000-9)
Nisei male. Born January 30, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar years in Seattle's Nihonmachi/Yesler Terrace area. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Drafted into the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). Postwar commander of Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) in 1988 and 1989.
May K. Sasaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-79)
vh May K. Sasaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-79)
Nisei female. Born 1937 in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar years in Seattle's Nihonmachi, or Japantown. Incarcerated as child at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled in Seattle. In her interview, discusses issues of shame and loss of Japanese American identity as a result of incarceration.
Frank Yamasaki Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-131)
vh Frank Yamasaki Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-131)
Nisei male. Born 1923 in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in South Park and Belltown areas of Seattle. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Refused to participate in draft, imprisoned at McNeil Island Penitentiary, Washington, for resisting the draft. Resettled in Seattle. Frank Yamasaki passed away February 28, 2016.
Tadashi Kuniyuki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-227)
vh Tadashi Kuniyuki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-227)
Nisei male. Born August 12, 1912, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where parents owned a series of hotels. Graduated from the University of Washington prior to World War II. During the war, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, lived in Spokane, Washington, for …
Shig Kaseguma Interview (ddr-manz-1-32)
vh Shig Kaseguma Interview (ddr-manz-1-32)
Nisei male. Born June 4, 1921, in Seattle, Washington. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left camp to attend college in Cincinnati before being drafted. Served in Japan with the Military Intelligence Service, and eventually returned to Seattle.
Katsumi Okamoto Interview (ddr-manz-1-24)
vh Katsumi Okamoto Interview (ddr-manz-1-24)
Nisei male. Born July 5, 1926, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where parents owned and operated a grocery store. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Served in Japan with the Military Intelligence Service following World War II.
Tosh Tokunaga Interview (ddr-densho-1000-241)
vh Tosh Tokunaga Interview (ddr-densho-1000-241)
Nisei male. Born January 2, 1925, in Selleck, Washington. Grew up in the Selleck logging camp before moving with family to Seattle, Washington, for high school. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Volunteered for the military as a paratrooper, and served in Europe. Eventually returned to …
Cherry Kinoshita Interview (ddr-densho-1000-34)
vh Cherry Kinoshita Interview (ddr-densho-1000-34)
Nisei female. Born October 13, 1923, in Seattle, Washington, grew up in Green Lake area. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Active in National and Seattle Chapter JACL politics, especially during the drive for redress in the 1970s and 1980s. Cherry Kinoshita passed away on July 29, 2008.
Marian A. Ohashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-351)
vh Marian A. Ohashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-351)
Nisei female. Born July 16, 1919, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, where parents ran a dry cleaning business. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, returned to Seattle while still a high school student.
Akiko Kurose Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-42)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview II (ddr-densho-1000-42)
Nisei female. Born February 25, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Longtime civil rights activist, educator, and pacifist.

(Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.)

Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Collection (ddr-densho-194)
Collection Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Collection (ddr-densho-194)
This collection consists of issues of the Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter, which was the newspaper for the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, open from April 28, 1942, to September 12, 1942. The newspaper provided information about activities and sports, living conditions, and the move to permanent camps.
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-112-15)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-112-15)
Daughter contracts chicken pox, has to remain behind with the Health Department when family is moved to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Kajiko Hashisaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-201)
vh Kajiko Hashisaki Interview (ddr-densho-1000-201)
Nisei female. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Left Minidoka in 1943 to attend school in St. Paul, Minnesota. Married in 1945, and lived in Japan for sixteen months before returning to the United States and …
Robert T. Ohashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-350)
vh Robert T. Ohashi Interview (ddr-densho-1000-350)
Nisei male. Born July 24, 1925, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Grew up in Ketchikan, where parents ran a store. During World War II, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, went with family to work for a time in Idaho before eventually returning to Ketchikan.

(Nisei male. …

May Ota Higa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-174)
vh May Ota Higa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-174)
Nisei female. Born March 14, 1916, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle and Ellensburg, Washington, before going to Japan to teach just prior to the onset of World War II. Returned to Seattle in 1941, and was removed with family to Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After the war, resettled in …
Robert T. Ohashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-350-15)
vh Robert T. Ohashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-350-15)
Arriving early at assembly center

Nisei male. Born July 24, 1925, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Grew up in Ketchikan, where parents ran a store. During World War II, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka incarceration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, went with family to work for a time in Idaho before eventually …

Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-196-16)
vh Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-196-16)
Activities at Puyallup Assembly Center: making signs

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Yosh Nakagawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-172)
vh Yosh Nakagawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-172)
Nisei male. Born December 27, 1932, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, and was in the third grade during mass removal to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington. Moved with family to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, before returning to Seattle to attend middle and high school. Found a lifelong job at Osborn & Ulland, a retail …
Eugene Tatsuru Kimura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-231)
vh Eugene Tatsuru Kimura Interview (ddr-densho-1000-231)
Nisei male. Born September 19, 1922, in Sheridan, Wyoming. At a young age, moved to Seattle, Washington, and spent most of childhood there. Was enrolled at the University of Washington when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, before returning with family to Sheridan. Attended the University of …
Arrival at the Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-36-32)
img Arrival at the Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-36-32)
The Puyallup Assembly Center, which many camp inmates called "Camp Harmony," was on the site of the annual Western Washington Fair. The center was constructed in only seventeen days. Barracks were erected in converted livestock stalls near the parking lots and under the grandstand. Japanese Americans remained at the fairgrounds from April 28 to September 23,1942, …
Frank Shinichiro Tanabe Interview (ddr-densho-1000-218)
vh Frank Shinichiro Tanabe Interview (ddr-densho-1000-218)
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, Washington, and the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Established Tule Lake's newspaper, the Tulean Dispatch. Transferred to the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, before resettling in Chicago. Drafted into the Military Intelligence …
Mako Nakagawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-66)
vh Mako Nakagawa Interview (ddr-densho-1000-66)
Nisei female. Born February 1937 in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in Seattle. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington; Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho; and Crystal City internment camp, Texas. In the postwar years, became a teacher, principal, and multicultural specialist for Washington State's Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction. Developed and directed the Japanese …
Mizu Sugimura Collection (ddr-densho-384)
Collection Mizu Sugimura Collection (ddr-densho-384)
The Mizu Sugimura Collection consists of photographs documenting the first Day of Remembrance which took place in Seattle, Washington on November 25, 1978. Mizu Sugmiura and Yasushi Satomi recorded their participation by taking these photographs. The images show the beginning of the event where participants gathered at the site of the former Sick's Stadium. From there …
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