Iejima residents travel to South America to trace the history of emigration from the island

Iejima residents travel to South America to trace the history of emigration from the island

Gathering of Iijimanchu (people originating from Ie Island) staying in Bolivia (photograph taken August 14 at Tokuko Yamashiro’s home in Colonia Okinawa)


August 31, 2015 Yukito Kinjo, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In advance of the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival to be held in October of next year, a group of Ie residents traveled around various parts of South America from August 11 to 21 to meet with migrants who moved there from Ie after World War II. This was the first such trip by a group of residents of Ie Village.

The leader of the group was Tokusei Miyazato, superintendent of Ie’s board of education. The group comprised a total of eight people, including three junior high school students, who were chosen through a general application process. They traveled to Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina. There, Iijimanchu (people originating from of Ie Island) welcomed them, organizing gatherings for the visitors to interact with local Iijimanchu and their descendants. At these gatherings, the visitors learned about the history and culture of migrants from Ie to South America. The attached photographs capture the experience of the visitors from Ie in South America.

Gathering of Iijimanchu staying in Sao Paolo (photograph taken August 13 at a restaurant in Sao Paolo, Brazil)

Gathering of Iijimanchu staying in Sao Paolo (photograph taken August 13 at a restaurant in Sao Paolo, Brazil)

Gathering of Iijimanchu staying in Argentina (photograph taken August 17 at “Uruma Garden” in the suburbs of Buenos Aires)

Gathering of Iijimanchu staying in Argentina (photograph taken August 17 at “Uruma Garden” in the suburbs of Buenos Aires)

(Translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)

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