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Correspondence and the forced dispersal of Japanese Canadians

Yoshio Nakamura

Magrath, AB on July 27, 1948

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: General Delivery.
: Magrath, Alta.
: July 27/48.
: Dear Joan,
: After a century of silence, here I am once more. Miracles do happen don't they.
: How are you Joan? are you getting tanned on the beaches–those wonderful salt-water beaches? I can almost smell the sea now.
: Joan–it's really difficult for me to write a letter nowadays because I have never written one for years,–well, almost a year. It's been quite a while since I wrote you last (and how) and a lot has happened around here lately too.
: For example, I am now AC2, Nakamura R.C.A.F. as of July 20. I had been trying to get in for some time and finally after I sent my report cards, references etc
: I received a telegram of my acceptance as photographer! I went to Calgary and had to write 5 exams and had a medical. After 2 days on July 20th I was sworn in. And now I am on my way to Trenton Ontario on August 17th. I get 12 weeks basic training there and then I go to Rockcliffe Ontario to train as a photographer.
: I was hoping that I could go out to the Coast on my holidays but that will have to wait.
: You may be wondering why I joined R.C.A.F. Well Joan, I just couldn't see any future for myself in working in a store, or working in Alta. I know that I will be able to study and kept our of mischief
: in the Air Force. I hope that it will do me a lot of good so that I may be able to do something with myself later on.
: By the way, do you see Betty? I am enclosing a pic of myself for you and Betty. Could you give it to Betty? I shall write to her next time.
: Last week end I went to Waterton Lakes and spend a couple of days there. It was really swell to get among the trees and hills. I went to the Canyon Church Camp, a camp sponsored by the United Church. We went for hikes, swimming, fishing, climbing and at night we had
: dances, skits and sing songs. I had a merry time. I'll have to close for now; it's getting past the wee hours. Will you write and let me know how you and the rest of the gang are doing? Bye for now.
: As ever,
: Yosh.

Preferred Citation

Nakamura, Yoshio. Correspondence from Yoshio Nakamura to Joan Gillis. 27 July 1948. RBSC-ARC-1786-02-53. Joan Gillis fonds. University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections, Vancouver, Canada.