Dorothy Sakuri


Claire D. Sprague


Mananzar Relocation Center, Calif.



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May 29, 1942

Dearest Mrs. Sprague,

How are you? Fine I hope We are all fine here in Manzanar. We reached here about 8:30 A.M. this morning. We came up to a little turn near here in a train. The rest of the way we came by buss. We had a nice trip up to here. We came right by Turlock. Camp and all of the Japanese people in Turlock camp were standing on the fence with their hats, handkerchiefs, and flags. When we went by they all waved to us. Some girls and boys said they saw Ayoko [Fujimoto] and some other girls. Over here we are surrounded by hills. The hills are all desert and one side in the top of the hill there is snow. The mountains are very pretty. Coming here the [Yorimotos] family and our family had a car all to ourselves. 9That is in the train.) We had plenty of room on the train. We came through a desert and we saw many cactus plants and rabbits on the desert. We live near the [Watanabe’s], [Yamasaki’s], Yamamoto’s], [Hatanaka’s], and many other French camp people. It is very sandy here. And there are no gates. But there is a certain line that we can’t go by. Outside of that line is all desert. If we go out of that line they will say, “halt.” If you don’t stop they shoot at you. We didn’t eat at the mess hall today. We bought some food from home so we ate that. But I will tell you what I eat as soon as I eat at the Mess Hall. The weather here is very hot. And yet the wind blows. The houses are very good. We had a little stove in ours. I think there is a little stove in every house. The stove is to keep warm. I sure miss my pet dogs and things. I hope they are all fine. I did not get any [nouns] but I will try and send you some next time. Well, I’ll close now.

Your sixth grade student,

Dorothy Sakurai

P.S. My address is

Block 27 Bldg. 8 Apt. [apartment] 1

Manzanar Reception Center

Manzanar, California



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Letter from Dorothy Sakuri to Claire D. Sprague, May 29, 1942