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Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Taketora Jim Tanaka Interview
Narrator: Taketora Jim Tanaka
Interviewer: Kirk Peterson
Location: Richard Potashin
Date: October 19, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-ttaketora-01-0010

TT: Well, Marysville was, the camp was, it wasn't a permanent camp, it was an assembly center. So what they did is, as I remember, they had an outside shell. You could see the (1x12) tarpaper on the outside, well, you've seen the building. Nothing on the inside, and they had a wall partition, but the top was all open. You had no -- that's one thing you missed, privacy. Then they had, it had an outhouse set up. But that was one of the hardest things to get used to. Men it wasn't so bad, like females, they sat side by side, back to back. That was one of the hardest things to... and taking a shower, like Issei like my dad, they're used to the hot tub, they had to take a shower, and you never had hot water, because they took the hot water in the kitchen. I think that was one of the hardest things. Another thing was, for the Issei parents, the family structure was gone. In other words, you eat in the mess hall, like on a picnic table. Like us, you made new friends, so you go eat with them, other family or they come and sit with you. The family structure was gone.

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