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Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato

@mtsukayama

Sansei whose paternal and maternal grandparents were from the town of Yonabaru, Okinawa. She now works as a freelance translator (English/Spanish) and blogger at Jiritsu, where she shares personal stories and research on Japanese immigration to Peru and related topics.

Updated December 2017


Stories from This Author

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Angie Teruya, the youtuber who shows an “amazing reality” of Japan

Jan. 31, 2020 • Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato

Ángela Janet Teruya Rondón is a Nikkei Peruvian, who on her paternal side has Okinawan roots (Chatan-Cho). He came to Japan 11 years ago and currently lives in Shizuoka. For a year, Angie has been recording videos for YouTube about her daily life in Japan. But it was her medical condition that motivated her to record and she does it from her wheelchair, to share “the amazing things that Japan has for people with physical limitations.” Shock in Japan: silence …

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Ginyu Igei, the life of a sensei in Peru that inspires a play in Okinawa

Oct. 28, 2019 • Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato

Ginyu Igei, the sensei and patriarch of the Nikkei community in Peru, has a life story to tell and it will be this November 4, 2019. In his homeland, Okinawa, the play Ginyu Igei Monogatari (The Story) will premiere by Ginyu Igei) , which will portray Ginyu's life in Peru. Those behind this initiative are 3 Japanese: Akihito Arai, Tomoya Ogoshi and Daiichi Hirata, who fulfill the roles of director and screenwriter, artistic manager and supervisor for this project. For …

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Nikkei Chronicles #8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations
"My oba, the greatest inspiration!"

Oct. 16, 2019 • Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato

Who inspires me to be better? I think my oba does. Although I still don’t know how she overcame so many challenges, became successful, and helped others. And just like a heroine, she never expected anything in return. My oba was 92 when she died and I was 9. The difference in our ages was more than 80 years! I think that gave my oba a certain “halo” of mystery. She never told me the story of her life. She …

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Nikkei Chronicles #8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations
Kohatsu's Elena Yoshida: a heroine among heroes

Aug. 2, 2019 • Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato

“By her works you will know her.” And because of their virtues, I think we can even come to admire a person. I was really surprised when I met Elena Yoshida from Kohatsu, the only woman who has directed almost all the institutions of the Peruvian-Nikkei community, such as the Peruvian Japanese Association. But I have never met her in person; But that happened when he read books, listened to testimonies and memories and saw the commemorative plaques that perpetuate …

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Isaac Lindley's Inca Kola: a support that is never forgotten

Jan. 30, 2019 • Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato , Asociación Peruano Japonesa

“Golden Kola”, “with a national flavor” and that “combines with everything”, this is Inca Kola. He was born on January 18, 1935, when Lima (Peru) celebrated its quadricentennial and since then it has captivated Peruvians and foreigners. The story begins with Joseph Robinson Lindley, an English immigrant who opened his soda water factory “La Santa Rosa” in Rímac in 1910. By 1945, his youngest son Isaac took over management and with him a friendship with the Japanese community in Peru …

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Sentei Yaki, a life dedicated to helping others

June 29, 2018 • Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato , Asociación Peruano Japonesa

Hachizo Nakamura, a Japanese immigrant who died at the age of 80, never forgot the help he received from Sentei Yaki. Since she met him, she used to celebrate two birthdays: one for her birth and another for her rebirth, which was the date on which she received Yaki's help. “Without his timely help, I would have died a long time ago,” he said. This testimony reminds us of what Sentei Yaki was like, a prominent Okinawan businessman, leader and …

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Mary Higa and Daisuki Mensore: entrepreneurship with kimochi

June 1, 2018 • Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato

Although it has a short name, it has a lot to tell. Mary Higa sums up her life with this phrase: “I always look forward.” 5 years ago, with a lot of effort, he opened his gift shop in the Lima district of San Miguel. Currently, Mary participates in all events of the Nikkei community, offering new products as well as items from Japan. Due to his spontaneous and always attentive nature, he has gained the public's preference. Behind the …

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Lima Nikko, the only alumni association of a Japanese school in Peru

March 14, 2018 • Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato

Lima Nikko was the first official Japanese school in Peru and Latin America founded in 1920. In total, 21 classes have graduated from its classrooms, completing primary education under Japanese principles and values. Although it closed 76 years ago due to the Second World War, its memory is still valid. Its alumni association, “Association of Alumni of the former Lima Nikko Japanese School” still continues to meet and organize activities for its members. All of them are over 80 years …

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Nikkei Chronicles #6—Itadakimasu 2! Another Taste of Nikkei Culture
Hard Times for Mother, Good Memories for Me

Aug. 24, 2017 • Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato

“Eat it all, mottainai to throw it away.” Although two years have passed, I still miss my mother. “If you run out of ajinomoto, use shoyu (soy sauce) with sugar.” I still remember so many pieces of advice she gave me! “If you cook with tanchi, the food tastes bad.” My mom was always right. Food is prepared with love, without tanchi (being upset). My mother wasn't openly affectionate and neither was my grandmother (oba). Both were widowed with small …

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Partying, music and Nisei youth in the 1960s and 1970s

June 7, 2017 • Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato , Asociación Peruano Japonesa

A regular Nikkei crowd filled the dance halls every week. Witness to this are the Majestic Hall, the Kaseijo Gakko by Sáenz Peña in La Victoria or the Chinese Beneficence. Every week there were parties in the Japanese colony in Lima. To give greater excitement, the place was decorated according to the occasion. If the party was called “The Grotto”, everything was decorated as if it were a grotto. If it was “Aquarium”, it was decorated as such, even with …

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