Three Brothers Move Overseas

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, several Tanaka and Nakamura family members moved from hidden Maruda to overseas.  One moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, a second to Mexico / Philippines and a third to Maui, Hawaii.  Although contact was maintained between family in Hawaii and Japan, contact was lost with the other brothers.

During this period of Japanese history, the Japanese government financially sponsored individuals mostly from Yamaguchi, Ooshima (an island next to Yamaguchi), and Hiroshima Prefectures to move overseas.  Many young men were adventurous and took advantage of new opportunities overseas.