Pont Arena in Mendocino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Fifteen Japanese from Yawatahama
This monument is dedicated to the fifteen young men from Yawatahama, Japan who sailed 11,000 kilometers across the Pacific in a 15 meter wooden boat to realize their vision of coming to America, landing at Point Arena on August 13, 1913. Their dream and courage continued to be a source of inspiration and a foundation of the friendship between the people of Yawatahama and Point Arena.
Raven B. Earlygrow
Mayor, City of Point Arena
(Plaque on the top of the monument:)
Young Japanese men left a small city called Yawatahama in Japan heading to the United States with a small fishing boat called Utase Bune in 1913.
Entrusting their dreams and hopes to a compass...
(Plaque on the side of the monument:)
Courageous men who traveled with Utase Bune
Maanamura Nishiuwagun Ehime prefecture Tomesaburo Ueno 44 years
Same as above Kikumatsu Ueno 51 years
Same as above Heisuke Ishida 49 years
Same as above Tadashi Ishida 26 years
Same as above Yashichi Ueno 25 years
Same as above Kantaro Nakai 34 years
Same as above Kunimatsu Matsuda 29 years
Kawakamimura Nishiuwagun Ehime prefecture Iwasuke Yamauchi 39 years
Same as above Otoharu Hagimori 24
Same as above Kojiro Nakoaka 33 years
Same as above Shigematsu Sakita 26 years
Same as above Yaemon Nakaoka 24 years
Same as above Yoshihiro Yano 24 years
Tenshinmura Kitagun Ehime prefecture Harutaro Okano 35 years
Uchiumimura Minamiuwagun Ehime prefecture Kyutaro Matsumoto 39 years
Above are 15 spirited people
Location. 38° 54.871′ N, 123° 42.596′ W. Marker is in Pont Arena, California, in Mendocino County. Marker is on Port Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 799 Port Road, Point Arena CA 95468, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Point Arena Lighthouse (approx. 3.2 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located at the end of the road near the Point Arena wharf.
Special thanks to Emi Nagai for her translation of the top and side plaques.
Categories. • Asian Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 503 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 11, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.