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Learning Japanese to speak to relatives in Japan

At the time I dreaded going, I thought oh why am I learning this language but then when I got to be older my first trip to Japan was 1972, and that's when I thought oh I’m so glad I learned Japanese because all they speak is Japanese, and to converse with your relatives it’s all Japanese and you don't wanna use slang all the time, so you have to use proper Japanese.


1970s Japan Japanese language languages

Date: June 1, 2018

Location: California, US

Interviewer: Akira Boch

Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

Interviewee Bio

Miko Kaihara was born in Montebello, California on December 20, 1924. She was incarcerated in Poston, Arizona during World War II along with her family. She married her friend's brother George, a member of the 442nd, after the war and raised 4 boys. She worked as a domestic, seamstress, and at 50 years old took a course in cosmetology to become a hairdresser. She retired after 37 years of hairdressing. (December 2018)

Okasaki,Robert (Bob) Kiyoshi
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Okasaki,Robert (Bob) Kiyoshi

Wife's family in Japan

(b.1942) Japanese American ceramist, who has lived in Japan for over 30 years.

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Takeshita,Yukio
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Takeshita,Yukio

Impression of Japan upon arrival

(b.1935) American born Japanese. Retired businessman.

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Kosaki,Richard
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Kosaki,Richard

Devastation in Tokyo after World War II

(b. 1924) Political scientist, educator, and administrator from Hawai`i

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Kanemoto,Marion Tsutakawa
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Kanemoto,Marion Tsutakawa

Living in Japan during the war, preparing for U.S. bombings

(b. 1927) Japanese American Nisei. Family voluntarily returned to Japan during WWII.

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Kanemoto,Marion Tsutakawa
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Kanemoto,Marion Tsutakawa

Participating in military drills in school in Japan during the war

(b. 1927) Japanese American Nisei. Family voluntarily returned to Japan during WWII.

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Kanemoto,Marion Tsutakawa
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Kanemoto,Marion Tsutakawa

Hearing anti-American war propaganda from a teacher

(b. 1927) Japanese American Nisei. Family voluntarily returned to Japan during WWII.

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Kanemoto,Marion Tsutakawa
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Kanemoto,Marion Tsutakawa

The hardships of life in Japan during World War II

(b. 1927) Japanese American Nisei. Family voluntarily returned to Japan during WWII.

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Kadoguchi,Shizuko
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Kadoguchi,Shizuko

Strict school policy of separating boys and girls in Japan

(b.1920) Japanese Canadian Nisei. Established the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Toronto

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Inoue,Enson
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Inoue,Enson

The reason for coming to Japan

(b. 1967) Hawai`i-born professional fighter in Japan

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Iino,Masako
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Iino,Masako

The Japanese society reacts to Nikkei living in Japan (Japanese)

Tsuda College President, researcher of Nikkei history

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Shinoda,Mike
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Shinoda,Mike

Connecting to Japan

(b. 1977) Musician, Producer, Artist

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Kogiso,Mónica
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Kogiso,Mónica

Easier to be a foreigner in Japan (Spanish)

(b. 1969) Former president of Centro Nikkei Argentino.

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Ota,Vince
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Ota,Vince

Moving to and living in Japan

Japanese American Creative designer living in Japan

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Ota,Vince
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Ota,Vince

The reason to stay in Japan after his third year

Japanese American Creative designer living in Japan

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Ota,Vince
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Ota,Vince

Never being Japanese

Japanese American Creative designer living in Japan

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