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Letter from Ryohei Kanda to Kan Wada, August 12, 1964
Kanda, Ryohei: author
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California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
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A condolence letter from Ryohei Kanda to Kan Wada for Tomoji Wada's passing. Ryohei writes about his memory about Tomoji when Tomoji visited Japan 40 years ago: Tomoji dressed well in a suit and was very nice to Ryohei when he was still a child. Ryohei remembers that his father used to talk about Tomoji often. He also describes his own life: He operated a grocery store after he graduated from school. He was drafted when he was at age 20, joined the Japanese Imperial Military, and fought for 10 years during the war, being deployed in Manchuria, Shina, the Philippines, Malaysia, Sumatra, Burma, and Thai. He was one of the rare surviving soldiers who were able to return from the battles. After returning home, he reopened his grocery store and took care of his father. He lives with his wife, two sons, and one daughter. He wanted to send Kan a monetary offering for Tomoji's passing, but the procedure is too complicated and he decided to hand the gift to Kan when Kan visits Taiji-cho in the next year.
Tomoji Wada was an interpreter, bookkeeper, operator of a grocery store, and manufacturer of tofu and mochi on Terminal Island, California prior to World War II. He established a tofu manufacturing plant at the Poston camp in Arizona during the war, and became a gardener after returning from the incarceration camp to Los Angeles, California. The collection consists of receipts, ledgers, taxes, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, journals, guidebooks, immigration materials, and incarceration camp records pertaining to Tomoji Wada and his family. Materials include born-digital objects created and transferred from the donor.
1 page, 7 x 11.25 inches, handwritten
Japan--During World War II
Identity and values--Issei
Kushimoto-cho, Japan
CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Archives and Special Collections
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
Tomoji Wada Family Papers

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