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Title Oral History of Janet Daijogo
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, beloved kindergarten teacher and proud aikido black belt Janet Daijogo recounts a happy life despite a traumatic childhood experience of being among the 120,000 Japanese Americans interred by the federal government during World War II. Born in San Francisco in 1937 to second-generation Japanese American parents, Janet grew up on a farm in Pescadero until the age of five, when her family was detained and relocated to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah, where they were held for three years. After the war Janet’s father got a job as a Navy translator and the family moved to Tokyo where she lived throughout her high school years before returning to California. As a student at the University of California, Berkeley, Janet met her future husband, Sam, a former Tamalpais High School student and Japanese American who had also been interred. Janet recounts moving to Mill Valley in the mid-1960s with her husband and newborn daughter (followed later by a second daughter) and making a home in this "village at the bottom of a mountain" despite an early experience of housing discrimination. She recounts her long and ongoing career as a kindergarten teacher at Marin Country Day School, her aikido and Zen meditation practices, her children’s exploration and embrace of their Japanese cultural roots, and the changes Mill Valley has undergone over the past 50 years.
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Dates of Creation 2015-08-14
Narrator's name Daijogo, Janet
Interviewer Allen, Mari
Extent and Medium Transcript: 27pp
Recording: 01:15:00
Search Terms Aikido of Tamalpais
Bastian, Beverly
Bremmerman, Fred
Daijogo, Maki
Daijogo, Masami "Sam"
Daijogo, Tane
Internment camps
Japanese camps
Marin Country Day School
Martial arts
Nursery schools
World War II
Object ID 2016.020.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.