Materials on Jujiro Wada
A story written by Yuji Tani in 1995, who visited the sites to research on the life of Jujiro Wada, and traced his life from his birth to his activities in Alaska, Canada, and until his lonely death in San Diego.
“Born on January 6, 1875 (Meiji 8) on the outskirts of Matsuyama, Jujiro Wada was raised in Saijo, a small town on Shikoku Island in western Japan. His father died when he was four years old, leaving only his mother to care for him. Since he and his mother were poor, he started working in a aper factory at the early age of 13. During this time, he was already talking about going to America, but it wasn’t until he worked for a trading company in Kobe that his co-worker managed to stow him away in a large tea box on a freighter headed for San Francisco. It was 1892”
Jujiro Wada Guide Book(Japanese/English)
Jujiro Wada spent his childhood in Matsuyama-Shi Hinode-Cho, but in Meiji 25(1892) he smuggled himself to America alone. He explored the Arctic Circle on a dog sled which even the native people were afraid of doing, and discovered many gold mines and oil fields, leaving great footprints in Alaska’s pioneering era at that time.
“The story of Alaska,The Last Frontier”
Article on Jujiro Wada written by Rober De Armond published in “Alaska” magazine, 1983
Three week feature article of Jujiro Wada published by Frank Cotter for the Japanease American Courier on June 3rd 1938
The Tale of the Yukon’s dog-mushing Samurai
Written By Fumiko Miyahara The Yukon News, Wednesday, March 13, 1996
A comic to depict the life of Jujiro, “A Samurai who runs through Aurora~ A story of Jujiro Wada~” was produced by students in the Comic Creator department, Kawahara Gakuen school.