Toshiro Tani



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Toshiro Tani

English 10B4

Period. 6

Jan [January] 20, 1943

My Autobiography

I was born on the date of November 8, 1926 in one of the world’s greatest fishing center

Terminal Island, California. The place was most populated by Japanese about [5,000].

My father worked as a fisherman fishing along the coast with his ship, returning home about every month or so. Although father was out fishing most of the time our home was not too lonely for I have 3 brothers. Besides my mother to have my time with, and besides I have always played with my playmates going to places such as wharf, beach, and parks it was our natural place to go for it was only a few distance away. I didn’t play with toy much for we soon outgrew them.

Naturally as a kid I hated school until I finally suffered my way to Jr. high school I got

used to it. I still won’t say I like it though. I had a disliking for English from Jr. high school time cause I had lots of homeworks of grammar, paragraph writing which put me to writing all night. My favorite of subject in school was mechanical drawing and algebra. I don’t know if I had any talents in these things. But I sure had lots of interests in sports. We even formed our team and played alot of sandlot football/baseball and basketball with other district of the Island.

My favorite day came on the weekend. Thats the day when I usually woked up early to play with my gang going to places and in the meantime going to movies across the channel on a ferry to San Pedro to such a theater as Warner Brother and Fox [Cabrillo]. I wasn’t home most of the time listening to radio program but



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Toshiro Tani Autobiography, January 20, 1943