"Gunjiro, Hal and Nori ride to the store in the Duesenburg, 1919-1920." (Photo courtesy of the Tashima family) © All rights reserved.
Junjiro later was moved from New Mexico to Arizona's Colorado River Relocation Center to join his family.
Eventually--although they did spend time in Cleveland--most of the Tashima family did return to California, according to the grandson of Gunjiro and Masako, Eugene Tashima, who has a Master's degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California - Los Angeles and currently teaches sociology at Victor Valley Community College in Victorville, California.
"Masayuki and Kimiko settled in Cleveland permanently. The rest of the family eventually moved back to California. Hiroyuki and his wife, Mary, settled in the Crenshaw area. Gunjiro and Masako lived with them in the Crenshaw area," explains Eugene. "Hiroyuki eventually moved to Monterey Park. Noriyuki and Takayuki married sisters (Janet and Frances Tsuchiya) and settled in their hometown, Livingston, CA. After serving in the Army and graduating UC Davis, my other uncle, Yoshiyuki and his wife, Mary settled in Buena Park."
Special thanks to Eugene Tashima for contacting Historic Wintersburg to let us know where the family went after World War II.
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