immigrated from Iwate Prefecture in 1900.
After his arrival in the SF Bay Area, Zenkichi worked farm labor in California for several years before settling in the Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington. In 1910 he married Hagino Yawata, the younger sister of a close friend in Japan; an arranged picture bride.
As one of the first wave of Japanese settlers in the area and an agricultural expert, Zenkichi was a community leader and was instrumental in encouraging young Japanese immigrants to settle in the Yakima Valley. Zenkichi and his family were sent to a farm labor camp during WW2, returning to the Yakima valley after the war years.
Late in his life Zenkichi wrote his memoir, in English.