Junzo Nojima and Stamford's Cherry Trees: A Kamishibai Presentation
A restaurant kitchen
At that time, there were some Japanese restaurants named "Taiyo", "Daruma", and "Suehiro". Many Japanese lived in New York, although not as many as now. Junzo turned to his boss desperately for help, improved his cooking skills, and first learned English diligently working as a dish-washer, then later, as a student cook in the kitchen. He studied Western cooking by himself, constantly looking words up in the "Boston Cook book" and a dictionary. After he became a cook earning a high salary, he sometimes worried that he was too quick to promise to make a dish without first knowing whether or not the recipe was in the cook book. The Great Depression in 1929 had a great effect on migrant workers from foreign countries. They didn't have jobs and it was difficult to find even an unpaid position which included room and board. One after another, some Japanese people went back to Japan, but Junzo, who turned 23 years old, never gave up, and when he was unemployed, he survived for three days on 5 cents.
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