Arranged marriage

Arranged marriage Her early life in Canada

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I*: Could you tell me about the experience about how the marriage was arranged?

Marriage?

I: Yeah, how was it arranged?

At that time I'm young, I don't think anything, just mother say, and just to obey, that's all. [Laughs]

I: Did you know that Tokujiro, your husband, was going to Canada and that he came from Canada to find a bride?

Yeah.

I: And did you know anything about Canada?

Oh, no, nothing. Nothing. [Laughs] But just my daddy and his daddy just arrange, you know, and married, that's all. And I didn't think anything about that time.

I: So you didn't know Tokujiro, but he was from the same village?

Yeah, same village.

I: Did you know him at all before?

Oh, no.

I: You didn't, you didn't know him at all?

No. Yeah. [Laughs]

I: Then you were married in 1931.

1931.

* "I" indicates an interviewer (Peter Wakayama).

Date: January 10, 2005
Location: Mississauga, Canada
Interviewer: Peter Wakayama
Contributed by: Sedai, the Japanese Canadian Legacy Project, Japanese Canadian Cultural Center

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