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Title: Ruth Y. Okimoto Interview
Narrator: Ruth Y. Okimoto
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: San Francisco, California
Date: April 8, 2011
Densho ID: denshovh-oruth-01-0013

RO: Rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes were all over the place. In fact I went out one day to get some water at the end of our barrack and as I was leaning over to turn the faucet on there was a rattlesnake there and that just... so in my later drawings, all rattlesnakes, scorpions. Saw a lot of scorpions, you could see the scorpion's trail in the sand. And in fact I was so fascinated with it that I asked my father for a jar and I scooped up a scorpion and my father helped me put some alcohol in it so I put the lid on it and I put that scorpion bottle right next to my cot. That was my pet, we weren't allowed pets in camp.

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