Eiji Yoshikawa (Hidetsugu Yoshikawa) was born on August 11 1892 in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan (now part of Yokohama) into a family of ex-samurais. He has spent his youth in Yokohama. Eiji's father was a troubled man. He was an alcoholic and he loved to drink. That and many other things caused his father's business to fail and his family to ruin.