Meeting Harry for the first time (Japanese)

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(Japanese) I had gone to Kamakura to undergo eye surgery. I had heard that there was a good eye doctor there, so I went. I have…what would you call it…inverse eyelashes? Normal eyelashes grow outward, right? Well, mine all grow inward. When I went that time, I met him. It was 1946.

We started talking about how there was a really great place in the area called Enoshima. Then, we started saying,“Hey, actually Enoshima’s right on the way from Kamakura to Fujisawa – that’s really close. Shall we go there?”

He remembers that time well. Eating shellfish cooked whole in its shell really left an impression on him. On my way back, I couldn’t believe what I had done. I’d spoken with a foreigner I’d never even met before and gone off somewhere together to have fun. I couldn’t believe it.

Date: January 26, 2012
Location: California, US
Interviewer: John Esaki, Yoko Nishimura
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

1946 Kamakura post-war

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