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(Japanese) I first went to San Pedro and worked in a cannery. Then I got on a boat for Washington to do tuna fishing which I did until I was 29 years old. I made 8000 yen (dollars?) and went home to Japan. When I went home…. My family had a grocery store. I said I was going home, and my mother fell and broke her leg and so was in bed. Ever since I was a child, my family had a store that sold everything.

Date: October 14 & 17, 2004
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Eriko Yamamoto
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum.

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