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Title: Takeshi Nakayama Interview
Narrator: Takeshi Nakayama
Interviewer: Martha Nakagawa
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: September 20, 2011
Densho ID: denshovh-ntakeshi-01-0008

TN: Well, later on, I guess they were kind of lax about security or something, we went to the bayou which was, I think, next door, and we caught crayfish and all that stuff. One time I brought back a pet turtle I think, and kept it for a little while, but I guess it wandered off back to the bayou. It goes slowly. I don't know what we did with the crayfish either, or crawfish, whether we ate 'em or gave it away or threw it back in the bayou. I think bayou's like a swamp.

MN: Did you ever get in trouble for going out there?

TN: Not that I remember. One time my friend Freddy and I went way out of camp, went to the levee. I don't know how far we walked, but it was a big levee there. Looked really high to me. And we started climbing up there, and this black woman stood on the top and said, "What you boys doing here? Get out of here." And she pulled out a gun, rifle or shotgun or something. So we said okay, we turned around and ran out of there, ran back to camp.

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