Seitoku Shimabukuro

Seitoku Shimabukuro was a businessman and a Japanese language teacher. He was condecorated by the government of Japan in 1977. He was born in Okinawa and went to Peru in 1920. In 1956, he moved to the Amazon. He wrote several books in Japanese, including Amazon Sanka published in 1974. He passed away in 1982.  

Updated November 2013 

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Nikkei Chronicles #2—Nikkei+: Stories of Mixed Language, Traditions, Generations & Race

Un Alcalde oriundo de Okinawa

Navegando en una pequeña embarcación desde la localidad de Pucallpa ubicado al Sur del Departamento de Loreto, sin detenerse, río arriba por el Ucayali y en condiciones normales, se demoraba hasta 4 horas para llegar a la desembocadura del río Pachitea, por el que surcando otras 2 horas adicionales se llegaba al pueblo de Honoria.

Ubicado en el margen izquierdo del río Pachitea, cuando lo visité por vez primera, tenía aproximadamente 200 viviendas con una población de algo mas 800 habitantes lo que en la extensa región de la Amazonía Peruana no resultaba entonces muy frecuente. Los lugareños decían que …

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Nikkei Chronicles #2—Nikkei+: Stories of Mixed Language, Traditions, Generations & Race

A Japanese Chief

Yamato Taba arrived to Peru in 1921 from Okinawa, Japan, to harvest cotton in the Cañete area, 150 km south from Lima, the capital of Peru. At the end of his contract which he completed with great sacrifices, Yamato and his wife rented a little parcel of land where they grew vegetables and had sold their products in the town of Cañete and other locations. In a few years, they had saved enough money to be able to purchase the land that they had been renting before.

However, they knew that in 1912, the Morioka Shokay Migration Company had recruited approximately 300 …

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