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Running a laundry service in Argentina (Japanese)

(Japanese) In Rosario, (my uncle ran) a laundry service—he ran a laundry service out of two houses.

I*: Was that store (house) a large one?

Why, yes, it was grand. It was a very large house, with a full basement. It’s now where Paraguay and Rioja (street names) cross. Back then, during the night you would hear a lot of rattling, or other loud noises

I: What were those noises?

Robbers. But I put a large bar sideways on the other side of the puerta (door) to keep it locked, so they couldn’t get in. So yes, it was near Centro, by Rioja street and Paraguay Street. In the next city over there was the Cordova street, for which you take Paraguay and San Martin Avenue. Just like the Florida street here in Buenos, no cars can get through.

I: At the time, it was your first experience working a laundry service, right?

Yes. But everyone worked as a laundryman.

I: How was your work as a laundryman? Was it difficult?

No, not really. You wash wash each order by hand, using this nice machine. You mix in the soap and water, and wash it clean.

* ”I” indicats an interviewer.


Argentina cleaning laundry

Date: November 28, 2006

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Interviewer: Takeshi Nishimura, Ricardo Hokama

Contributed by: Centro Nikkei Argentino

Interviewee Bio

Ryoko Hokama was born in November 30th, 1917 in Heira of Ōsato Village, Okinawa. He studied at the former Dai-Ichi (First) Junior High School. Ran a laundry service in Rosario City, Santa Fe, and a flower nursery in Moreno City of the Pacheco district in Buenos Aires. Currently he lives in Caseros with his son’s family, who owns a flower shop. (November 28, 2006)

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