In 1903 Seito Saibara came to Texas and began rice farming on a 1,000-acre lease near Webster in Harris County that he later purchased. At that time, the average rice yield from seed from Honduras or the Carolinas was 18 to 20 barrels an acre. Using Japanese seed, Saibara obtained a yield of 34 barrels. These crops were the foundation of the multimillion-dollar rice industry, a mainstay of the Gulf Coast economy. In 1904 National Geographic magazine printed a photograph of Saibara and his son Kiyoaki standing in a rice field in the Webster area. During World War II Kiyoaki Saibara was interned in a concentration camp because of his Japanese ancestry. All his sons served in the U.S. armed services during that war. Kiyoaki Saibara died in 1972, one of the most respected citizens of the Clear Lake area.