Kenshin Himura was born in the year 2915 in the System of Elysium at Reza's Landing. With Vanduul attacks on the rise in the western systems, Kenshin's father was enlisted into the UEE navy and died in a conflict above the planet of Lorona in the Banshee system when he was 4 years old. His mother, unable to afford to care for the child gave him to the local orphanage on Vosca and returned home to her family on Terra.
When Kenshin was 7 years old, Myamoto Ayoko, a local engineer caught him rummaging through his workshop for ship parts. Rather than punish the boy, he adopted him and brought him home to learn engineering in his workshop. Kenshin was quick to learn from Myamoto, being tutored how to repair and build ship components with Mr Ayoko for the next 6 years of his life.