Seishu Watanabe

1868 May – born in Fukuoka, Japan

1897 – marries Tora

1901 April census – Seishu Watanabe aged 34, Kikuzo Satto aged 21, Yesuki Fukushima 17, Tatsu Fukushima aged 21 (female), Soichi Fukushima 13, Shikazo Sano 33. All music hall artists, single, living in 5 Archer Street, West Hartlepool – Fukushima Troupe were performing at the Gaiety Theatre there.

1910 – Masao Lukushima born in Tendring, Essex (later recorded as Masao Watanabe)

1911 – April census:

Seishu Watanabe with Tora Watanabe, wife, married for 14 years and Takashi Nakagawa, 19, Schitaro Naito, 18, Kiyozo Kobayashi, 15 in boarding house in North Shields. All music hall artists.

Masao Lukushima boarding in Clacton on Sea with Susan Lukushima b 1898 in France (later recorded as Susan F Watanabe, step daughter to Seishu)

1921 June census – Seishu Watanabe 53, out of work music hall artist, own account, Tora, wife, 42, music hall artist, Masao, son, 10, Yoshiko, daughter, 8, Susan F, stepdaughter, 23, music hall artist.

1923 Tora, Masao and Yoshiko leave England for Yokohama, Japan.

1925 April – Seishu Watanabe, aged 56, interpreter, “deportee” to Kobe on Haruna Maru.

1938 Yoshiko marries Shinichi Seki, an American Japanese from Hawaii, in Dairen, Manchuria.

1939 Yoshiko and Shinichi have a son, Franklin, in Dairen

1941 February – Yoshiko arrives in Hawaii.

1959 Yoshiko becomes naturalized American

2001 Shinichi Seki dies in Hawaii aged 93

2002 Yoshiko dies in Hawaii aged 90