Now that I’m in the last stage of my memoir editing, I made a few trips and gathered some of my family records. I also went to the Takasaki City Government office and researched at their small library in the lobby. The books of the city history were understandably detailed and voluminous. I paged through a few large books, and I was ready to leave. That’s when a young girl came in and started to pound on one of four PC keyboards that were lined up against the back wall. It was too early for me to head back home, so I walked over and keyed in the names of my great grandfathers. To my surprise, some information came up as below.
Yahoo Japan shows the name, Yamada Kikan (my grandfather’s father), as a part of Ryoutarou Shiba’s historical novel, “Clouds on the Hilltop.” The book is about Japan-Russo War of 1904-1905. NHK will run a special program on this story in 2009. So the paperback is selling with a new cover and at higher price. It has eight volumes in total.
「坂の上の雲」登場人物 : 日本陸軍の軍人明石の台湾総督就任を祝って祝宴会が開かれたとき、友人の山田記慣が明石に誘われて彼の宿で夜遅くまで話していると「もう遅いから、ここに泊まっていかないか?」と明石が言い出したので、「そうだな。 そうしよう」と山田が答えた。 する ...
Also Yoshimura Heishichi (my grandmother’s father) appeared through Google. I learned that he was the fourth generation of Heishichiswho ran Tamura-Ya. I knew the family had the specialized red-dyes-on-silk business, but didn’t know much else. I also learned that my mother’s cousin has been heading the movement to revive the dye technique. This was a pleasant surprise.