Last November, fifth-grade students (76) of Soga Elementary School (Hinode) studied the life story of the local Jujiro Wada. Their biography of Wada was published in the school newspaper. They performed a song about Wada during the school music concert. They met with three of Wada’s descendants from the USA in Hinode. With students from Takunan Junior High School, they planted flowers near Wada’s statue along the Ishite Riverbank.
Ms. Kiyota (student) was very
surprised about Wada’s story. Especially when he left Japan for
Alaska and struck gold. She also mentioned Wada was beloved
by many people and continued to send
money home. Mr.
wanted to be like Wada because he made everybody happy.
On the 13th of February 2020, Soga Elementary School will celebrate its 130th anniversary.
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.
A rotating exhibition is held by Uchiko Town of paintings by Wadas grandson, the late Toshio Wada.
Until end of June, a changing selection of his paintings can be seen. He passed away last year November at the age of 93. He took a keen interest in painting also as a member of The Uchiko Committee for Lovers of Painting, and studied painting under Mr. Nakaoka in 1997. From then, every year during the Uchiko Culture Festival/Summer Festival Art Exhibition he had paintings exhibited all from the 1st Collective Hobby Painting Exhibition until the 17th edition. From 2013 and onward up till last year he had each year 3 of his paintings exhibited every year at the “Let’s Paint Our Surroundings” Exhibition.
In April 2013 and 2014, his painting were at the 61st and 62nd edition of the Prefectural Spring Exhibition. And in July 2014 he had a private exhibition at Uchiko Town Visitor Center.