Inouye, Hatsuno

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Inouye, Hatsuno

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  • Morikawa, Hatsuno

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1900-1993

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Hatsuno Morikawa was born in Arashita in Kameyata village in Asa County, Japan in 1900. Hatsuno was the eldest daughter of Yasutarō and Tora Morikawa. Her family briefly moved to Hawaii (Hatsuno stayed in Japan during this time) and then moved to Canada around 1903. Her family lived on Vancouver Island before settling Port Hammond, British Columbia where they owned and worked on a farm. Hatsuno's mother died in 1912, but her father remarried in 1919.

Hatsuno had three siblings: Asano Essie (Morikawa) Otoichi (1903-1996), Jitsuo Morikawa (1912-1987).

Hatsuno married Zennosuke Inouye in May 1920 and they settled on 80-acres of land that he had purchased through the Solider Settlement Act. The land was not in suitable shape to farm, so Hatsuno along with her husband began clearing the land. They owned a successful berry farm and had five children: Arthur Rizo (1921-1990), Tom Futari (1923-1981), and Robert Zenso (1925-1995), and then two daughters, Yasuko (Mary) and Kiyoko (Beverly) [1930-2009].

In February 1942, the Canadian government ordered all Japanese Canadians from coastal British Columbia to relocate to the interior. The Inouye family was sent first to Hastings Park, Vancouver, and then to the small town of Kaslo, British Columbia. There the Inouye family lived in one room. Her sons, who were at that time self-supporting, went to Vernon, British Columbia, where they worked on a farm. In 1945, the family was reunited in Vernon, British Columbia.

Her brother, Reverend Jitsuo Morikawa who lived in the United States was also interned during World War II and corresponded frequently with the family before, during, and after the war.

After the war Zennosuke Inouye petitioned as an individual to have his land returned to him, he wrote many letters to anyone who might be swayed by his demonstrated loyalty as a World War I veteran. When his land was returned to him in 1949, he became the sole dispossessed Japanese-Canadian veteran to have his land returned.

Hatsuno died in Burnaby, British Columbia in 1993.

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Morikawa, Jitsuo (1912-1987)

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Inouye, Beverly (1930-2009)

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Inouye, Zennosuke (1884-1957)

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Inouye (family) (1883-2009)

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