Toshihide Hirose

Toshihide Hiorse is an orthodontist. He was born in Hyogo, Japan and opened his orthodontic clinic in Hirosaki city, Aomori in 1995 after graduating from faculty of dentistry, Tohoku University. He is interested in the local history of Hirosaki and has published three books (all from Hoppo Shinsha): The Hirosaki old map in the 2nd year of Meiji (2013), Tsugaru Jinbutsu graffiti (Profiles of people from Tsugaru) (2015), Kaku Sudo—the first Japanese-American female physician (2017). He started his blog, Dr. Hirose’s Hirosaki Blogin 2007.

Updated April 2021

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Kaku Sudo: The First Japanese-American Female Physician - Part 2

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Visit to America

Kaku Sudo, Hana Abe, and Dr. Kelsey set out for America from Yokohama in 1891. First, they went to Kelsey’s home in Camden, NY by riding the transcontinental railroad from San Francisco after 2 weeks of Pacific line sailing from Yokohama. Kelsey’s mother, Amanda, passed away in 1871. Her father Asa was healthy, even though he was 90-years old. He had been busy in agriculture and activities of Republic and Church.

Fairport is a city located near Rochester New York, 120km from Camden, where Kelsey’s brother, Samuel lived. Dr. Kelsey thought it is …

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Kaku Sudo: The First Japanese-American Female Physician - Part 1

In October 2011, I received an email from Mr. Rysuke Kawai, who is a famous non-fiction writer and has published many excellent books, including Yamato Colony: The Pioneers Who Brought Japan to Florida. The email read:

I’m researching the history of Japanese American in Florida. Recently, I found a very interesting woman. Her name is Kaku Sudo. She passed away at the age of 102 years old in Saint-Cloud, Florida in 1963. She was born in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan and her father’s name is Tsuidi Sudo and mother’s name is Yeuri Fujita according to her death certificate. Do you …

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