This is a rare photo of Takashi "Bud" Aoyama from the 1940s. It was taken by his friend, official WRA photographer, Hikaru Iwasaki, in the WRA's Heart Mountain camp. In this image, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Sashihara are shown checking their work hours in terms of payroll records. The Sashiharas were preparing to resettle back east, and were reconciling their accounts before leaving the camp. Bud is at the center, handing the Sashiharas a document.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Sashihara checking time for the last payroll with Bud Aoyama, timekeeper, before leaving the center for outside employment in a middle eastern city. The Sashiharas' former home was Los Angeles, California, where Mr. Sashihara operated two drug stores and a 5 and 10 variety store. Mr. Sashihara is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he obtained his degree in Pharmacy. Mrs. Sashihara majored in Education at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she obtained her degree. Mr. and Mrs. Sashihara are a highly Americanized Issei couple. -- Photographer: Iwasaki, Hikaru -- Heart Mountain, Wyoming. 3/16/44.
Courtesy of WRA no. I-109, War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement, BANC PIC 1967.014--PIC, the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
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