Japanese American National Museum, Gift of the Walter Muramoto Family (97.292.3P)
Walter Muramoto was an amateur photo enthusiast and unofficial camp photographer at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas, where many people asked him to photograph events and groups in the camp.
Mr. Muramoto was incarcerated at Rohwer from September 30, 1942, to September 7, 1945. Born in California, he lived in Redondo Beach before World War II and resettled in Lodi, California, immediately after the war ended.
Look closely at this snapshot that Mr. Muramoto took in 1945.
- How would you describe the two people?
- About how old do you think they are?
- What are they wearing?
- Does the instrument he’s strumming provide any hints about the influences in their lives?