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Wakamatsu Tea & Silk Colony Settlement Purchased 
13th-Nov-2010 10:25 am


The 272-acre Gold Hill Ranch was purchased for $3.2 million using a combination of grants, private donations and loans. It is the location of the Wakamatsu Colony, settled by Japanese immigrants in 1869 as a hub for tea cultivation, silk worm farming and other traditional Japanese agricultural practices.

"The Wakamatsu Colony story is every bit as compelling as the story of Jamestown or the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock," said Conservancy director Alan Ehrgott.

Please click on the tag "Aizu" in this community to find past posts related to Aizu during the Bakumatsu and Meiji Era. The immigrants mentioned in the article above left Japan after 1868 in search of a better life here in the United States.
13th-Nov-2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you -- that's very interesting.
14th-Nov-2010 01:44 am (UTC)
that sounds really cool.
On a sidenote, have you ever thought about scrabbling together an itinerary for some of the California sites you've pointed out to us that have a strong tie either to Japanese culture or history?

I remember you posted the link for the Gamble House. How cool it would be to string that with the Tea and Silk Colony and gather up a bunch of us to go xD

13th-Feb-2011 03:56 am (UTC)
Yes I can pull together an itinerary for all of CA (^_^).
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