Ken Tamura oral history interview, part 7 of 7, May 1, 2000


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Ken Tamura discusses his watch store and sharing his war experience with his customers who will listen. Ken recollects one customer who will not acknowledge the contribution of the Nisei during World War Two.

Ken shares a message for future generations is to simplify your life. The more possessions you have, the more you have to worry about. Ken suggests not to listen to too many people, be honest, and have integrity. With honestly, and integrity people cannot hurt you. Ken recalls how he is raised by his Issei parents and raises his children the same way.

After opening a watch store for serval years, Ken changes his career to electronics. He works as an instrument mechanic for five years and retires at 65 years old.

Towards the end of the interview, Ken describes some photos.



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1923 Mar 27

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training


Tamura, Ken: narrator, Lim, Reuben: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Ken Tamura oral history interview, part 7 of 7, May 1, 2000,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed June 17, 2024,