Title:Letter from Mizuye [Hirose] to [Afton] Nance, 1942 Nov 8
Creator:Hirose, Mizuye, 1925-2008
Subject:"Nance, Afton Dill "
Japanese Americans-- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Description:Handwritten letter from Mizuye [Hirose] to [Afton] Nance, 1942 Nov 8.
November 8, 1942 8K-7-E Amache, Colorado Dear Mrs Nance, I am very sorry I did not write to you after I came here. Now that again I am working in mess hall and also going to school I don’t have hardy any spare time. Over here is very different in scenery from California but it is very lovely in its way. The horizon look just like the ocean and the sun rise is beautiful, and when night fall the light starts to flicker here and there. The town which I didn’t know about start to show it self with light. Right now it is kind of desert but by next spring I am sure it will look like Palos Verdes in that time. This camp is more home to me because its in the country and once in awhile I hear dog barking. I was so surprised to find so many dogs in here. Winter is creeping on us so I have my gardenia plant, (which came from California) tulip and narcisus bulbs growing inside. I havent seen a flower since I came in here so I hope these plants will have flower soon. I am sure Mutsuo told you that we had snow here October 23. I’ll never forget that day. It snowed about three inches I think. It was so pure and soft that it amazed me. We purposely went out and stood under the falling snow. It kind of remined me of those pink cotton candies at the pier, when the candy touches my mouth it melted and seem just like that when it touches my skin poof its water. I am waiting for another day like that. School is not different at all from California, may be because most of my teachers are Californian. Four of my teacher is Japanese American which I was very much surprised. Only my dramatic teacher is a American we surely have fun in there. I took that because I was told I do not had to out in public but work back stage. Well, I hope I lose my self-conscious and I know dramatic will do a lot for me. Do you know if any body is keeping track of Mrs. Coza Clausen? I surely want to write to her. She did more for me than any other teacher I ever had and I am sure I will have. I am very sorry Mr. Dorr is not in Malaga Cove now he was a great music teacher. I always thought he was better than San Pedro High School music teacher. The rooms we are now living is better than Santa Anita’s. Its much more roomier and better build. We have United States army efuranace inside every apartment. There is six apartment in a building and there is twelve building in a block. There is about twelve blocks in this camp. Each block have its own mess hall, (to feed about 3 hundred people) recreation hall, and also its own wash room. So its thousand times convenient than Santa Anita. I will write to you more about this camp as I become more accustomed to it. With most sincerely I remain Mizuye. P.S. Gave my greatest regard to all the teacher.
Publisher:Japanese American National Museum
Date:1942 November 8
Format:1 folded sheet ( 4 p. letter ) ; sheet 19 x 28 cm.
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