Thursday, May 29, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
All day in the office we have been sharing stories of nice moments during the interviews, looking over the great photographs that we are borrowing from Bob Fuchigami, or laughing about our makeshift studios in our hotel rooms. I am looking forward to returning to Denver in July to meet more people and do more interviews.
Below is a photo from Monday evening as we met to discuss the week’s interviews. (Left to right) Dana Hoshide, Megan Asaka, Kirk Peterson, and Richard Potashin.
And here is a photo from inside a great restaurant that Gil and Erin recommended during our last night in Denver. (Left to right) Daryl Maeda, Megan Asaka, Dana Hoshide, Erin Yoshimura, Tom Ikeda, Kara Miyagishima, and Gil Asakawa.
Big thanks to Professor Daryl Maeda and National Park Service Historian Kara Miyagishima for helping us identify and select people to interview!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Yesterday was a full day with lots of delightful surprises. In the morning, Gladys Konishi showed me Denver’s Sakura Center while her husband was being interviewed. This is the central location for Denver’s Japanese stores, restaurants and the Buddhist temple. I bought a variety of Japanese snacks and drinks for each studio.
In the afternoon I interviewed Al Miyegishima who was born and raised in Scottsbluff Nebraska. One of the interesting discussions we had was about the differences between West Coast Japanese Americans and interior Japanese Americans.
And then after the interview with Al, Richard Potashin and I drove up into the foothills to visit Bob Fuchigami. The scenery was spectacular and by the time we got to Bob’s house, there were several inches of snow on the ground. That morning they had about 8 inches of snow. Bob showed us some fabulous photo collections and is allowing me to bring back to Seattle four of the collections for scanning.
Today is another full day of interviews.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I just finished my first Denver interview – with Bessie Konishi. It lasted a little over an hour and we talked about her family’s farm, the Japanese American community in Alamosa and her memories of WWII. Everything went smoothly and Dana’s setup looked great! A snapshot of the interview is attached (please ignore my head, which seems to be taking up half the room).
This morning I woke up with a dull headache that reminded me of when I hike at altitude. It’ll probably take me a day or so to acclimate to the higher elevation in Denver. The weather is cold and rainy (and snowy in the higher elevations.) After my afternoon interview I am scheduled to visit Bob Fuchigami to look at some photos of Amache. Bob lives in the hills so I hope it warms up during the day!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Here’s a link to our flickr account for some new photos, including a video taken from our car ride into Denver!http://www.flickr.com/photos/denshoproject/sets/72157604968842747/
Friday, May 9, 2008
Densho's video equipment is packed and ready to go! We’re taking it all on the plane with us, a combination of carry-on and checked baggage. We now have to deal with the addition of airline fees for more than one checked piece, as well as the surcharge for overweight luggage. With a new (and much smaller) camera and tripod this year, carrying all our gear looks to be much more manageable than in the past. Looking forward to getting underway!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I conducted a preliminary phone interview with Alfred Miyagishima yesterday afternoon. I heard he was hard-of-hearing so I called him from our sound-insulated studio so that I could talk loudly and not disrupt the office.
Alfred was born and raised in Nebraska, where his father settled after working with a railroad company. I plan on asking him about the small Japanese communities that formed from former Japanese railroad workers. In 1940, Alfred and his family moved to Stockton where he got his first exposure to a larger Japanese community. How he felt about this move and the Japanese community will be another area for my questioning. He was sent to Gila River, left Gila River to finish high school in Nebraska, and then was drafted into the army. After the war he settled in Denver.