Jujiro Wada was an explorer from Ehime Prefecture was active in North America, Alaska and Canada from the Meiji period to the Showa period. Our mission is to honor and pass on his accomplishments and filial duties to the next generation.
Jujiro Wada, A Japanese American Pioneer in Alaska : His life and the situation among three people who cooperated in finding a goldmine (Noriko Kan)
This paper focuses on an illegal immigrant named Jujiro Wada who stowed away on a ship bound for the U. S. mainland in 1892. The first section introduces the research that was conducted in both Ehime, Japan and Alaska, U. S. A.
The next section overviews the resources collected in both locations and describes Wada’s individual immigration history. Wada is particularly notable for his pioneering experiences in Alaska and Canada, which were frequently reported in the newspapers. However, his exposure to the media diminished after he found a goldmine with two other people. He then remained in obscurity until he died alone in 1937. The third section profiles the two people with whom he found the goldmine, paying special attention to their ethnic backgrounds.
Finally, the paper compares the tone of the later lives of these three people, contrasting the world’s international situation with their own, and concludes that the fading of Wada’s name from the media was caused by the pervading fear of the “Yellow Peril.”
The Aurora Walk
is a short path along the Ishite River by Wada’s statue, and has
been recommended as one of the Top views in Matsuyama. However, the path is
unfamiliar to both tourists and residents. The walk is primarily maintained by
senior citizens of Hinode.
However, the Welfare committee requested help from Takunan
Junior High School.
Feb.2nd 2020 Students gathered
senior citizens at Aurora Path to pick up trash, remove
Elementary School also helps clean-up Aurora Path.
Takunan Junior High School students interview the local community about Aurora Walk beautification and clean-up activities. 4 student members of the school’s welfare committee interview locals about Junjiro Wada after clean-up activities of the Aurora Walk (a short path along the Ishite River by Wada’s statue, which was erected in 2010)
Interviewed with Mr. Ueoka,
the administrative of JWMA (Jujiro Wada Memorial Association)
Students: What motivated you to promote and make Wada Jujiro more known to the public? Mr. Ueoka: We wanted to let the people of Hinode, where Wada grew up, know about Wada’s pioneer spirit and devotion to his mother, so we founded JWMA ( Jujiro Wada Memorial Association )
Students: What message would you like to deliver to Takunan Junior High School? Mr. Ueoka: Wada went abroad at the young age of 17, pioneered an unknown land, and faced racial discrimination. He was dragged down by adversity and even became a crime suspect. Despite the adversity that tried to drag him down, he went on to succeed. We’d like for students to know his hardships. and to apply his experiences to their daily lives. His experiences may encourage those struggling to cope with difficulties in their lives.
Interview with Mr. Soga, administrative of Soga Community Center
Students: What message would you like to deliver to Takunan Junior High School? We would like the local community, students, and elders, to make a habit of regularly maintaining this path, and in doing so, to foster a good community. Students: How do you see this path in the future? Mr. Kondo: We would be thrilled for you to visit this path to learn more about Wada , who was an inspiration to many.
Date: 2020. Feb. 4th In 2019, the Beverage Industry Environment Beautification Association’s (BIEBA) President Award was given to Takunan Junior High School for its long-term community clean-up efforts. BIEBA* consists of six companies and started awarding prizes from 2000. All elementary and junior high schools are eligible to enter.
*BIEBA(Beverage Industry Environment Beautification Association)
BIEBA selected 4 schools for the President
Award, 6 schools for excellence award, and 25 schools for prize of excellence. Takunan
Junior high school has cleaned up the local community for over 40 years. From 2018, they started to clean up around
Wada’s statue (Ishite River bank area, Hinode).
The delegation from BIEBA handed the President Award to the class
Murakami and Mr. Aoki; pictured)
Ms. Murakami was proud of their
long-term clean-up efforts which had spanned 40 years and Mr. Aoki wants to
improve clean-up efforts.
I learned about my Japanese heritage from my Mother.
She sent me an e-mail explaining the information our family received from an author in Minnesota telling us that Jujiro Wada was the Father of my Grandmother. I was surprised and excited and hoping it was true, yet I was a little skeptical.
For more details on Helen Wada Silveira and Jujiro Wada`s Life History.
The descendents of Jujiro Wada, Sean O’Hare and Ryan O’Hare, and Joe Frio of their friend came to Ehime prefecture. On November 25, they interacted with member of jujiro wada memorial association. After that, they went to Soga Elementary School and the fifth graders of elementary school performed songs of Jujiro`s musical with a feeling of welcome to them. They were very pleased. NHK, Nankai Broadcasting, Ehime Shimbun, and Ehime CATV covered it. We would like to express my sincere appreciation for the cooperation of the Inoue Principal and other elementary school teachers. Thank you to Eri Osakabe who volunteered as an interpreter. Noriko Kan, who had other requirements and was unable to participate this time, met by chance at Matsuyama Airport and sent them off together. It was a very good day. We are very happy about that the elementary school children met descendants of Jujiro Wada and made their eyes shine. And they said that they were proud of the local great man Jijiro Wada. The elementary school children had a lifetime memory. Sean, Ryan, Joe. Thank you very much for coming.
This year, 150 year has passed since the beginning of Meiji Era (1872 – 1912), we will hold a talk show about three great people from Ehime prefecture who played an active part in this era. Jujiro Wada (an pionner), Noriaki Mizuno (soldier who complained anti-war), and Shigetoshi Shigemi (Soseki Natsume’s rival)
Three women who are active in various fields such as Miki Enoki, NHK World Executive Producer, who will lead the talks, Setsuko Kaida of “Mikan Ichiza“, and Noriko Kan of NPO president of Item Matsuyama.
Those who would like to participate
JWMA’s President Kazuhiko Tanaka (Nankai Broadcasting President) will be held as chairperson.It will be held from the noon on Saturday, 13th on the second floor hall “Saka No Ueno Kumo Museum”. Admission is free. You are all invited.We will be broadcast live on the Nankai Broadcasting Radio. We will keep updated on Facebook.
Meet Jujiro Wada at Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
The 33rd Special Exhibition “North to the Future, History of Japanese Contact with Alaska” has been held at the Hokkaido Museum of Northan Peoples, the organizer of the Symposium. Curator Mr. Noguchi showed us around the exhibits. He came to Ehime to borrow some stuffs of Jujiro Wada, when representative of Jujiro Wada Memorial Association, Mikio Ueoka took care of him. That made Ueoka and Noriko Kan come visit Abashiri, Hokkaido. There was a Jujiro section in which his mini video has been shown. Another curator Ms. Sasakura introduced them at the reception.
Those who would like to participate
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
309-1 Shiomi, Abashiri City, Hokkaido
Jujiro Wada Memorial Association (JWMA) received the 8th ” Rejuvenating Local Community Excellence Award ” in 2017.
This prize is awarded by an organization consisting of 46 local newspaper companies and Kyodo news annually to local organizations that engage in activities to enhance the awareness and rejuvenation of the community. JWMA was awarded for its contribution to the community by promoting valuable activities.
On February 9 (Friday), there was a ceremony at the City Cosmos Hall in Tokyo, and Mikio Ueoka received a certificate on behalf of JWMA, and it was also widely published in the Ehime newspaper of the local newspaper.
” Jujiro Wada was an explorer from Ehime Prefecture was active in North America, Alaska and Canada from the Meiji period to the Showa period. Our mission is to honor and pass on his accomplishments and filial duties to the next generation. Jujiro Wada Memorial Association, JWMA, cooperate with local volunteer groups to improve the lawn and banks around the “Jujiro Wada Honorable Monument” and make it a place for relaxation for townsfolk” (Ehime Newspaper)
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation to have such a proud prize.
In order not to be ashamed of this award, we would like to continue working on further activities.
We sincerely wish to express our sincere gratitude to you for your continued support.
In May 2015, Mikan Iza’s musical “Samurai running toward the Aurora” was performed in Anchorage. To commemorate his legacy, “Jujiro Wada honorific monument” was built in Seward City, Alaska.
Activities to raise awareness of Wada’s exploration is becoming international. Recently, a symposium introducing Wada was held in Fanano. This city in Italy is the hometown of Felix Pedro, who found a gold mine near Tanana River with Wada.
It has been over 80 years since Wada’s death and because many documents are missing, an international symposium was held at the “Saka No Ueno Kumo” museum in Matsuyama for scholars who research about Wada to preserve existing documents and share information about their findings and upcoming events on November 18, 2017.
The symposium was moderated by Ms. Setsuko Kaida, who is the director of Mikan Ichiza. In the symposium, active debate was made by Mr.Kazuhiko Tanaka of Jujiro Wada memorial association, JWMA, President, Mr.Tony Nakazawa of Alaska JWMA, Mr.Timothy Minezaki of Alaska JWMA Vice President, and Mr.Hiroyuki Matsuura of International coordinator. An active discussion was held on the future global development of international recognition activities by four men.
Finally, three separate organizations related to Wada based in USA, Canada and Japan had a signing ceremony to agree to cooperate on promoting research about Wada.
This symposium was broadcasted on Nankai local radio. It also aired on “News Channel 4” and NHK’s “HimePon.”