Motoenon3 Okada3 Motowuyemon Okada
Hiroshima, village of Nihomichi (Houni)
|Immigrate||18 MAY 1896|
With Tora Okada on the S. S. Taiwan Maru from Hiroshima, Japan [look at the original card]
age 34, born in Japan, head of household with wife, Tora, & 2 children; Occupation: Laborer3
Re-emigrated with family from Hawaii to Japan.
His brother, Hichiemon Okada of Hawaii, was visiting his "Elder Brother" "Motoenon Okada" in Japan
His brother, Toshitaro, states on one of the ship's returning passenger lists, that he was visiting his" brother, Motoenon Okada" in Hiroshima.
A family member went to Hiroshima and interviewed a descendant there through a translator. This person said, "When Motenon was young, he went to Brazil. Then he built his house in Houini" (in Japan, which was called Nihomichi before World War II).
From American family sources, there was a story that their daughter, Hiwayo, was so named bcause she was born in Hawaii.
The 1900 census for Hilo, Hawaiian Islands, shows Motoyenon Okada, husband of Tora Okada and father of Hawayo and Kayota Okada. The record also showed that Okada and his wife, Tora, had been married thirteen years. Shortly after the 1900 census, the family went back with her to Japan.
Records show that this daugther, Hiwayo Okada, went to America. In 1930 she was living in Brighton Township, Sacramento County, California with her husband, Shunjiro Sakaoka. She probably came to California as a "Picture Bride," meaning she became engaged to Shunjiro Sakaoka through correspondence and exchange of photos.
It would seem that her birth family stayed in Japan.