Masuda (1869-1943) and
Kin Kato (1882-1919)
Married: 25 April 1908, San Francisco
Yosuke Masuda was born 8 April 1869 in Japan and arrived in San Francisco in 1898. Kin Kato was born in Nagoya, Japan on 15 April 1882. Her family's large home was also headquarters for Canadian Episcopal Missionaries. When the missionaries returned to Canada, she went with them, and eventually moved to the United States and San Francisco.
After the earthquake, they each went to a refugee center in Oakland. They were introduced there by a matchmaker. They married in San Francisco on 25 April 1908. Later, they settled outside of Livingston, California. They eventually had six children.
Kin Y. Masuda passed away on 20 December 1919 in San Diego county. During World War II, Yosuke Masuda was sent to the Amache internment camp with his family near Granada, Colorado (see photograph right). He passed away on 28 November 1943. He was one of the 106 who had died there between 1942 and 1945.
The story of how they met was passed down to their grandson, Ken A. Masuda (pictured left). He composed a song about the story and had it recorded. The lyrics are presented here. If you are interested in listening to the song, please contact Ken.
Ken may be contacted via email at email@example.com.
Information, lyrics, and photographs provided by and used by permission of Ken A. Masuda.
Photograph of Amache Internment Camp 10/1945, courtesy of National Archives, Hikaru Iwasaki, photographer.
Thank you to the Hirasaki National Resource Center in Los Angeles for research assistance.