Susumu Ito video interview (July 8, 2015), Japanese American National Museum
Wow. It looks familiar. The stitches are French knots put on only by women, and there are 1000 of them. The tiger is a symbol of an animal that finds its way home when displaced. It’s supposed to be worn around your belly. But I never wore it, never, never did. In fact, I didn’t show it to any of my colleagues. I just kept it wrapped it up and in my pocket throughout the War and all my combat experiences as well. And, gosh, it feels— It gives me chills to hold it!