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Title: James A. Nakano Interview
Narrator: James A. Nakano
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: June 3, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-njames_2-01-0013

JN: I remember walking into the room we had within Block... and how they segregated one room from the other, I don't know, within the barrack. But within that room, we then segregated into rooms by hanging sheets, I think, between rooms, is what I recall. And then we had these bunker beds that was issued out, so we had beds issued and then we had rooms built, I mean, hung up with sheets, I think. And, of course, the center of the room was the stove. The stove was the thing that kept us warm.

TI: And what would be a typical day at Jerome? I mean, when you wake up, what would be one of the first things you would do and what would they be like?

JN: Okay, I get up in the morning, I think, and I'm not sure if it's because my mother is so introverted or not, but I remember going to the cafeteria in the morning and picking up food. And we, somebody built a wooden box with a opening on the top to put the drinks, so the drinks would stick up from there. It's so clear in my mind. And then we put food in there, and I would bring it home. And I think, I think it's just my mother and myself ate that, because I think the boys went to the cafeteria and did their thing and they just, I never saw them. I don't recall too much other than them coming home to sleep, I guess, but they weren't home that much.

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