New Facebook page of the Cuban Nikkei, with updates about events, and photos. Here's a great quote from the site: "We must unite, not to be together, but to do something together."
Nuevas fotos en el álbum de la comunidad. Gracias a Miguel Yoshida y Francys Arakawa :)
New article in the Community section:
A friend just sent me this link from YouTube.
El 9 de noviembre de 2014 se celebró la tradicional ceremonia del Día de los Difuntos, frente al Panteón de la Colonia Japonesa de Cuba, en el Cementerio de Colón. (On November 9, 2014, a group of Cuban Nikkei gathered at the Pantheon of the Japanese Colony in Cuba, in Havana’s Columbus Cemetery, for the annual ceremony of the Day of the Deceased).
This is the first of a series of articles about work sites through which to map out Japanese immigrants' Cuban journey.
kicks off a research project that aims at documenting the professions and work places of Japanese immigrants in Cuba in the first half of the 20th century. This topic is one of the most rewarding search routes I’ve ventured into for the website.
By wiring together oral and written testimonies, information from books, and family photos, among other materials, it has been possible to make out a past image (albeit a still hazy one) of a community of gardeners, cafe owners, barbers, shopkeepers, farmers, miners, railway workers and ice cream makers that actively contributed to Cuban society. Also, one of the joys of writing this series has been to connect personally or indirectly with Cuban Nikkei, to whom I thank for sharing their stories.
On October 15, 2014, Japanese drummer Eitetsu Hayashi and his group Fu-un performed Rhythm of Nature at Mella Theater in Havana City. They offered a second concert on October 17 at Movie Theater Miramar, also in Havana. On both occasions they played to full house, and their impressive performances were a complete success among Cuban audiences. A nice touch about these concerts was that admission was free.
Fotos de la Ceremonia conmemorativa por el 400 Aniversario de la Amistad Cuba-Japón (Photos from the ceremony held to mark the 400th Anniversary of the Cuba-Japan Friendship).
Nueva historia en la sección de comida, por Kiyomi Torres.
Concierto de tambor tradicional japonés wadaiko, por Eitetsu Hayashi y su grupo “Fu-un”
Two posts from the Community section now have Japanese versions. Thanks to Nozomi Nagao! our collaborator for Japanese translations. ありがとう!
Working on my next post about Cuba's gardens and Japanese immigrants.
26 de abril de 2001: Inauguración del Parque Memorial Hasekura Tsunenaga, en la Avenida del Puerto de La Habana. (From the archive: April 26, 2001, Inauguration of Hasekura Tsunenaga Park in Havana's Avenida del Puerto).