T. Watanabe


Claire D. Sprague


Mananzar Relocation Center, Calif.



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Blk. 27 Bldg. [building] 6 Apt. [Apartment] 4

Manzanar Reception Center

Manzanar, Calif. [California]

June 6, 1942

Dear teacher,

How are you? I am fine. How was the graduation? I am sorry I didn’t write soon. I do not have anything to do. Over here is a nice place but I wish I were at home. You said you wanted the nouns and meals mentioned so I will write and tell. I didn’t find lots of [nouns]. [They] were as followed: 1. A big long diary form. 2. sagbrush [sagebrush] and cactus which was very big. 3. Train on a long bridge under which grows apricot trees. 4. The [Mojave] Desert. I wrote the meals of one day, too. Breakfast- bread-ham-apples. Dinner-lettuce- [buts] with vinegar-noodles with soup. There was meat and onions in the soup. Supper-rice-still with meat and onions and carrots spinach. Out here people have dogs, bicycles, sewing machines (portable), and big trunks, etc. And we could go to any block we wish to go to. Out here there are 4 family’s in a building and 6 windows to 1 family. There are [8] library’s but not enough books. It is not fun here though. The boys play baseball and the girls just wander around and talk. I tried to write to you many times but I always seem to be making a mistake on a clean paper but this time I succeeded in writing without any mistakes. I hope everyone got into the 7th grade. It sure is hot here. I hope you excuse me for not writing soon.

Teruko Wantanabe

P.S. Hope you understand my writing.



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Letter from T. Watanabe to Claire D. Sprauge, June 6, 1942