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Title: Yasu Koyamatsu Momii Interview
Narrator: Yasu Koyamatsu Momii
Interviewer: Sharon Yamato
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: October 25, 2011
Densho ID: denshovh-myasu-01-0018

YM: Then my brother made a cooler, I guess. You wonder, where did they get this and where did they get that? They bought a fan and they got some excelsior that was like shredded wood thing they use for packaging, they put that behind the, between a net, wire net like, and then they put the excelsior in there and have a drip system that wets that excelsior and the fan goes through it. And that was our cooler.

SY: So it was just --

YM: You'd make a big hole on the side of the barrack to allow this fan to sit there. And it was, like, so sticky. It was humid. Oh, if you sat in front of it you'd be, just get so sticky. But they tried, tried to do all kinds of things. And like I say, if somebody starts something, just everybody else hears about it. And you wonder where they get everything, but anyway, everybody's very innovative. They think of all kinds of comforts if they can, 'cause they have, you don't have to cook, you don't have to go to the shop. They have all day to do this.

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