Japanese official makes inroads in Matagorda County

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   In the early days of rice farming in Matagorda County, the local farmers weren’t the only ones trying their hands at the new crop. 
   Over 6,500 miles away there was also interest in the growing of rice in Texas. 
   Hiroto Katayma, a special agent of the Japanese government, traveled to Texas and ultimately to Matagorda County to learn American rice farming techniques by becoming a rice farmer near Markham. 
   He came with the intention of a total investment in the project by purchasing 500 acres of farm land. His family, wife, Shiga, daughter, Hisa and son, Zitano, accompanied him since he planned to stay for several years.
   The following articles trace his travels through Texas as he seeks to learn as much as he can about rice farming.
   For Sale
   FOR SALE—About eighty sacks of Japanese rice seed, specially cleaned and selected after home system by the Agricultural Society of Okayama province, which is famous in Japan rice land. Has been shipped and will arrive about January 6. Owner has decided not to go in rice business and desires to sell his seed. Write or call on Hirato Katayama or T. Okajaki, 1111 Congress Ave., Houston, Texas.
   Houston Post, December 21, 1905

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