Kanichi Yamamoto (1879–1961) was the first Japanese Bahá'í. He joined the religion in 1902. Some of his children also decided to join the Bahá'í Faith. Of Yamamoto, who heard of the Bahá'í Faith in Honolulu, `Abdu'l-Baha said,
"thou...art the single one of Japan and the unique one of the extreme Orient." 
Yamamoto remained a staunch and ardent Baha'i until his death in 1961.
- Memories of `Abdu'l-Baha, p. 5
- `Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of `Abdu'l-Baha Abbas, III, 714