Matsunosuke Shibuya

Matsunosuke Shibuya was born on March 15, 1906 in Kanagawa-ken, Japan. He emigrated to Canada at the age of 18 and lived the majority of his life in Canada. A devout Christian, he devoted his time to his family, friends and the church. He passed away at the age of 100 leaving 7 children and 8 grandchildren.

Updated January 2010

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Autobiography of Matsunosuke Shibuya

Editor’s note: This autobiography was translated from Japanese and includes notes from Mr. Shibuya’s eldest daughter, Machiko.)


Born: March 15, 1906 (39th year of Meiji Era)
Birthplace: Matsuda-machi, Ashigarakami-gun, Kanagawa-ken, Japan

Father: Saijiro Shibuya
Mother: Ryu Shibuya
Elder sister: Eiko
Elder brother: Hisamatsu (86 years old in 1986)


Shortly after I was born, my father decided to go to Canada after talking it over with my mother. He came to this decision without talking it over with his relatives or getting their permission. He crossed the Pacific Ocean on the boat belonging to Jinzaburo Oikawa ...

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