Toshihei Jikihara 直(1869-1929), a Japanese immigrant, was a longtime resident of Upland, California and best known
as a poet. He came to the United States in 1903 from Okayama Prefecture and thereafter held many occupations including labor
camp operator, farmer, and inventor. He was also an avid writer and worked as editor to a coterie poetry magazine titled
Remoncho. The collection consists of his biographical sketches, correspondence, diaries, writing manuscripts, notes, and clippings
of poems. Materials are mostly in Japanese, with some in English.
Jikihara was born 1869 and a native of Okayama Prefecture, Japan. In 1903, at the age of 34, he immigrated to the United Stated
and settled in Upland, California. There, he worked as a labor camp operator, farmer, and inventor. He managed to receive
patents for some of the agricultural equipments he had invented. He also edited and published for
Remoncho, a magazine of Japanese poetry written by a group of agricultural laborers and housewives living in Southern California in
the early twentieth century. He himself was an avid writer and became later known as a hermit poet. He died in 1929.
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