Raymond’s Brain: My Baachan #17, Returning from Japan

A personal history by Raymond Nakamura

My Baachan took her eldest three children, a son and two daughters back to Japan, partly to receive a Japanese education and perhaps partly as a form of long distance child care. She took them to stay with her husband’s sister, whose married name was Yanagihara. They had a silk farm and needed help cutting mulberry for the silkworms and selling the silk.

This Japanese passport from 1919 when she returned to Canada shows that my Baachan had not become a Canadian citizen. People of Japanese descent were still not allowed to vote in BC anyway. The Japanese part of the document shows her signature “Nakamura Taki” and dated in the era of the Taisho emperor.

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Republished from Raymond’s Brain.

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