Yoshio Izumi oral history interview, part 1 of 5, November 20, 2004


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Yoshio Izumi was born September 15, 1918, in South Pasadena, CA. His parents are Riozo and Otomi Izumi. Yoshio's mother was previously married and has two children from the previous married. There are nine children in the family.

When Yoshio is four years old, he starts Japanese language school before English school. At home, the primary language spoken is Japanese, and the religion is Buddhism. When Yoshio starts primary school, there is a language barrier when he begins to learn English.

Yoshio's Issei parents are hard-working. His father works in the flower wholesale business selling to florists. Previously they lived in Malibu, but later moved to Santa Monica. When Yoshio's father becomes ill, the children help with the flower business.

Yoshio recalls waking early and delivering flowers to the flower market before going to school. He feels that working in the flower business affects his schooling.



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Date of Birth

1918 Sep 15

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service


Izumi, Yoshio: narrator et al., “Yoshio Izumi oral history interview, part 1 of 5, November 20, 2004,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed May 19, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1050993.