Yoshi Sugiyama


Claire D. Sprague


Mananzar Relocation Center, Calif.



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Manzanar, Reception Center

June 5, 1942

Dear Mrs. Sprague,

How are you? I hope you are fine. This camp is very good. The weather is fine too. Some time it is very windy. They have two store here. One store is a dry good store. They got clothes and shoes, school supplies here. One is a food store. They got candy, cracker, ice cream, orange, soda water, cookies, and cigarettes. They say they make three thousand and fifty dollar a day here. I got lots of friends here too. We make lots of airplane models. We are serounded [surrounded] with mountains. I fill [feel] good here because when I look at the Mount Witiny [Whitney]. They say they are going to make a swimming pool here. We can stay up as late as we want and wake up as early as you want. We didn’t have to get a stove because we all got a oil heater. We get three army blankets or each person. We eat from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM o'clock in the morning 12:00 PM-1:00 PM in afternoon and 5:00 PM-6:00 in night and on Sunday we eat 8:00 AM-9:00. I took my small pox and first typhoid shot. I have to take the second on June 9. We eat mush, toast and milk and bacon [ ] [ ] morning. In afternoon we eat salad, lettuce, and meat and many other things. At night we eat rice, stew, lemonade and fish. We have lots of good things to eat. I think they, we are luckier than the other camps I think. We get nice beds. They are single beds with hay matress [mattress]. They say they are shipping furnitchure [furniture] here. We take showers every day. [They] right close to everyone. We don't have to walk far to the kitchen. The houses is very nice. They got six windows. Dorothy live in the same building only the different apartment. The apartment are like this. They are all same. All the French camp people live near together.

Yours very very truly,

Yoshi Sugiyama

P.S. Write to me soon and tell all my friends “hello”!



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Letter from Yoshi Sugiyama to Claire D. Sprauge, June 5, 1942