Robert Hinazumi oral history interview, part 1 of 2, October 8, 2010


Dublin Core


The interviewers and Robert Hinazumi introduce themselves. Hinazumi briefly talks about his family of origin. He explains how he learned Japanese. He describes his home life. He discusses the ways his mother supported Japan's military campaign in China. He talks about the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the aftermath. He describes Japan's surrender. He discusses his guard duty in Hawaii. He talks about being assigned to Japan. He explains how he adjusted to military life. He describes his journey to Japan and landing in Japan. He shares his expectations of what an occupied Japan would be like. He describes his experiences at the replacement depot. He discusses his exploration of Tokyo, Japan. He talks about the poverty that Japanese civilians experienced. He describes his journey to Okayama, Japan. He discusses his assignments in Takamatsu, Japan. He explains what he did during his leisure time in Japan. He talks about managing military supplies and laundry. He describes the Japanese civilians that worked for the United States military. He discusses the luxuries of the military mess hall. He explains how the military occupation of Japan was beneficial for the United States, but did not take advantage of Japanese civilians. He talks about the extent to which he experienced discrimination in the United States. He describes his friendships.






Spatial Coverage



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Date of Birth

1926 Feb 20

Location of Birth

War or Conflict

Branch of Service

Entrance into Service

Location of Basic Training





Hinazumi, Robert: narrator et al., “Robert Hinazumi oral history interview, part 1 of 2, October 8, 2010,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 3, 2024,