- 昭和女子大学女性文化研究所紀要 = Bulletin of the Institute of Women's Culture,Showa Women's University (ISSN:09160957)
- no.45, pp.13-36, 2018-03-31
Yamakawa was the chief retainer of the Aizu Domain at the end of the Edo Period. TheYamakawa family comprised seven siblings, of whom the first son Hiroshi, second son Kenjiro,and fifth daughter Sutematsu were famous. This paper clarified the life of the second daughter Miwathat has remained unknown to date. Miwa moved to the border of the Shimokita Peninsula when theAizu Domain was reconstructed as the Tonami Domain after the Boshin War. Her husband MasaeiSakurai worked as the principal of an elementary school. In 1886, all members of her family settledin Nemuro as a colony because her first son Yasuhiko was recruited as militia settlement. Miwadelivered five sons and five daughters. As she was education-obsessed, she sent most of them toTokyo from Nemuro and let them live in the Yamakawa family home as students. All brothers andsisters of the Yamakawa family maintained harmonious relations and supported each other wellinto adulthood. Miwa was an ideal, dutiful wife and devoted mother who always stayed with herhusband and educated her children over the course of her lifetime, though she taught sewing at onetime in her life.