James Araki oral history interview, part 2 of 3, October 7, 2010

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Description

Araki continues his recollection of his time after being drafted into the Army and having an assignment in Hawaii, guarding Italian prisoners of war. Next, he discusses the Japanese language and the importance of the characters that are used. He would teach other soldiers in both romaji and the Japanese characters during their time in Hawaii. Next, after the atomic bombs had been dropped and the war ended, the soldiers were given a choice to re-enlist for the military occupation. Araki chose to re-enlist and was then shipped out to Japan to begin his assignment. Once arrived in Tokyo, he noticed the devastation of the war and was transported to Kyushu. Along the way he experienced the Japanese children trying to get the soldier's cigarettes to sell on the black market. Finally, he arrived at the island of Shikoku where he would begin his assignment with the British Army, translating and speaking with Japanese civilians.

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video/m4v

Extent

0:56:16

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Spatial Coverage

Identifier

2010OH1013_02_Araki

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URL

http://www.goforbroke.org/oral_histories/mp4/1013-Araki-James-2.m4v

Date of Birth

1926 Aug 04

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training

Campaigns/Battles

Index

Yes

Citation

Araki, James: narrator et al., “James Araki oral history interview, part 2 of 3, October 7, 2010,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed July 24, 2024, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1055778.