This pre-camp photo of Ms. Ayukawa's mother and brother in downtown Vancouver. Photographers used to set up on the street, take pictures, and offer the photos a week later for sale. This is Midge Ayukawa's mother sitting on the porch in the Lemon Creek Internment Camp hut. There was isolation in the internment camps, and the hardships without their husbands made these camps a difficult place and time. Mrs. Ayukawa's mother is now in her 90's.
Ms. Midge Ayukawa's mother and neighbors sitting on the fense, photographed with a borrowed box camera. Children getting dressed up for the photograph.
Weather was bitter cold in the winter with the snow and the wind. Before leaving Lemon Creek, Ms. Ayukawa took these photos of neignhbood boys with a borrowed box camera.
Rock gardens were common in Lemon Creek Internment Camp. The rock gardens have remained over 50 years later. This camp was located on farm land rented by the government from farmers. Other internment sites were located in isolated ghost towns.