Nikkei: Celebrate the fusion of Peru and Japan

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On April 3, 1899, the first Japanese immigrants arrived to Peru aboard the Sakura Maru; the descendants of these immigrants would become known as “Nikkei”.

Today the Nikkei community has around 12,000 people and to celebrate the Centro Cultural Peruano Japonés (Peruvian/Japanese Cultural Centre) is holding its 3rd Nikkei cultural event which will take place from April 18 to the 24. The events are free and will be located at Gregorio Escobedo 803 in Jesus Maria.

A wide variety of subjects will be covered, including how Japanese immigrants with their ideas and techniques helped create one of Peru’s most famous dishes, ceviche. With talks from leading chefs like Octavio Otani, Toshiro Konishi, Hajime Kasuga and Mitsuharu Tsumura.

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There will also be a small book fair and writing exposition that will allow you to discover books and see Nikkei culture represented in the writing of the young generations of today. If you don’t consider yourself an avid reader there is also a music concert which will allow you to visualize and hear Nikkei culture through song and dance.

April 21 and 22 is dedicated to remembering the history of Japanese immigration to Peru, giving an insight of the journey made by those that came to Peru to look for a new life and create an everlasting identity here. During these days there will be a musical using traditional Japanese and Peruvian instruments and a documentary.

The weekend starting April 23 a gastronomy festival will take place that you won’t want to miss. You’ll be able to try traditional Nikkei and Peruvian cuisine, as well as the opportunity to take part in demonstration classes.

Finally, the event will finish with a tour around the Museo de la Inmigración Japonesa al Perú (Museum of Japanese Immigration to Peru). Here you can see historical documents, objects and an information panel all about the Japanese immigration to Peru.

If you are looking for an event full of different elements like history, music and food this is the perfect event to go to. Best of all, it’s free.

For more information please visit our Events Calendar.

Munchies takes on Nikkei in the video below. Did they get it right?