Portraits of elderly couple

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Matsumoto Collection

Roy Matsumoto's maternal grandparents. When Roy went to Japan, his maternal grandfather had already passed away. Roy did not have the privilege of meeting him, but enjoyed living with his grandmother, Tomi, for several winters. Roy's maternal grandfather, Shinjiro Kimura, was a famous fencing instructor for Lord Asano of Hiroshima. As a samurai, he engaged in the Battle of Toba-Fushimi in 1868. He also participated in the Choshu Expedition and the Seinan no Eki (The Satsuma Rebellion of 1877). He was a well-known philanthropist. With Roy's maternal grandmother Tomi, they adopted or fostered many orphans during the Great Epidemic (1918 Spanish flu). There is a monument commemorating Shinjiro Kimura's contributions to the Hiroshima community.



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Courtesy of the Matsumoto Family Collection

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