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.
The offsprings 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.”