Creator: Kadotani, Kimiyo
Creator: Kadotani, Yoshito
Summary of conversation
Interview of Yoshito Kadotani and his wife, Kimiyo Kadotani. It is mostly a biography of Yoshito, with brief contributions
from Kimiyo. Yoshito Kadotani was born in July 10, Meiji 36  in Yashiro, Oshima-cho, Oshima-gun, Yamaguchi Prefecture
to Taro Kadotani (father) and Hanako Kadotani (mother). (Names given as First name, Last name.)
Yoshito came to the United States with his mother when he was 4 years old to join his father, who worked as a gardener in
Watsonville, CA. Yoshito's family relocated to Santa Cruz when he was 5 years old, and has lived there ever since. Yoshito
has two younger sisters and a younger brother, who were all born in Santa Cruz, CA.
Yoshito's younger sister, Kiyoko Okahara is married and lives in Japan. Yoshito's younger brother, Kiyotaka Kadotani, is in
the United States. Yoshito's youngest sister, Mieko Fujimura, is also in United States. From age 6, Yoshito attended Laurel
Elementary School in Santa Cruz until he returned to Japan at the age of 10. He came back to United States when he was 19
years old in 1921 and graduated from Santa Cruz High School on Walnut Avenue in 1925.
There are 24-25 Japanese families in Santa Cruz around this time. There was a correspondent who wrote a column about Watsonville
in the ""Shinsekai"" newspaper in San Francisco. His name was Samonji Takeda.
Yoshito started as a gardener, then worked as a landscape designer. On Feb. 22, 1942, with the United States at war with Japan,
Yoshito was taken into custody by the FBI, the head of the local police department and a sergeant who came to Yoshito's house
in Santa Cruz.
Yoshito was the clerk of the Japanese Association in Santa Cruz at that time.
The head of the Japanese Association in Santa Cruz, Mr. Tsumoru Kai, was also taken into custody. Yoshito's younger brother,
Kiyotaka, who was visiting Mr. Kai by chance, was also taken into custody but later released since he had citizenship. From
Santa Cruz, Yoshito was sent to North Dakota, then Louisiana, then Santa Fe, New Mexico.
During his time in Camp Livingston, Louisiana, he met Kazuo Sakamaki, who is famous as the first prisoner of war. In the Santa
Fe camp, Yoshito applied to join a road work project in Idaho and was accepted. After a hearing, he was released in April
1943 and returned to Arizona, where his sisters and brother were living. He then went to Chicago to work at the Family Welfare
Office of the local internment camp. He returned to Santa Cruz after the war.
Yoshito married Kimiyo in March 12, 1949. They have two adopted daughters. He received his U.S. citizenship on Feb. 14, 1956.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Santa Cruz (Calif.)
Santa Fe (N.M.)
Ōshima-gun (Yamaguchi-ken, Japan)
Kadotani, Kathleen Kazuko