Hitaro"Sessue" Hayakawa

Mon Jan 3 14:42:09 EST 2000

David Lewis wrote:
"A friend of mine asked for confirmation that
Hitaro"Sessue" Hayakawa is of noble origin.
Would anybody have references to suggest on this?
He found it mentionned in Katz'  Film Encyclopaedia,
but would like other sources, and if possible have more details on his

Actually, Katz says Hayakawa was "descended from a long aristocratic line."
"Aristocratic" is an ambivalent enough term to make me wonder whether Katz
really means nobility or simply from the wealthy upper class.

Jim Beaver

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