Okei-san's Japanese Headstone
The back side of Okei-san's headstone is in Japanese... The Japanese was inscribed by an American who didn't know Japanese, hence the odd proportions (like my Japanese writing).
We went to the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony at Gold Hill in El Dorado County today. It's a failed Japanese colony from 1869 or so that tried to grow tea and silkworms. They didn't count on a harsh drought (not as bad as the one now, but bad enough), funding being cut off, and miners diverting their irrigation water for their own nefarious purposes. The colony lasted two years and then the members (they started with 22 people) dispersed. One 19 year-old lady, Okei, died of a fever, probably malaria, and is buried on this site.
City of Aizuwakamatsu [Wikipedia]
Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony [Wikipedia]
Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony [American River Conservancy]