Asociación Peruano Japonesa

The Japanese Peruvian Association (Asociación Peruano Japonesa, APJ) is a nonprofit organization that brings together and represents Japanese citizens who live in Peru and their descendants, as well as their institutions.

Updated May 2009

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Crystal City, 70 Years Later: Memories of War - Part 1

It’s a mixture of emotions. Satisifying, to be sure. Surprising, too, because the presidential apology1 was unexpected. Some thought that it would never happen. At the same time some feel sad because it took so long to apologize that their own parents didn’t live long enough to witness it.

Crystal City was part of their childhood, leaving a indelible mark for the rest of their lives. Almost seventy years ago they had their freedom taken from them; they were taken from Peru and sent to the United States as if they were merchandise to be sold abroad ...

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Obaachan celebrates her 100th birthday surrounded by her family’s love: Tsuyo Toyama’s 100th Birthday - Part 2 of 2

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Living naturally

Every Wednesday Tsuyo Toyama goes to the Jinnai Center where she spends the day with other obaachan. “I am very content,” she affirms. They sew and do calligraphy, among other activities, and she praises the volunteers (“They are very polite and take care of us very well”)

She laughs when she mentions that the conversations with her Jinnai friends always touch upon their aches and pains (“it hurts me here, it hurts me there). And when they ask her why she doesn’t use a cane, how she walks without hunching over, what she does to ...

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Obaachan celebrates her 100th birthday surrounded by her family’s love: Tsuyo Toyama’s 100th Birthday - Part 1 of 2

Making it to your 100th birthday is no small miracle. To turn 100 years old with your memory intact and a sense of humor, not to mention in good physical health, if that isn’t a miracle, it’s pretty close to it.

Tsuyo Toyama celebrated a century of life in January. She arrived not as a marathon runner who crosses the finish line exhausted, but as the long-distance runner who still has enough in her for a few more races.

Relatives from Japan, Brazil, Turkey, and Costa Rica arrived in Lima, Peru, to celebrate her 100th birthday. Her son ...

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Aldo Shiroma in Flight: "We have to believe in the impossible" - Part 2 of 2

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When we become adults, do we become too rational, and, [as a result] our imagination wanes?

We cannot speak in generic terms; it is not something that happens to everyone. But yes, I believe that we have to be more rational because of our survival instinct. Life doesn’t demand reasons, and you find a logic to all of your actions. But we don’t have to cast everything as a dichotomy—black or white—the rational being would not have to dream small. You can have the ability to dream and then have a more rational side ...

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Aldo Shiroma in Flight: "We have to believe in the impossible" - Part 1 of 2

“Pigs aren’t the only ones that can fly” is the title of sculptor Aldo Shiroma’s work that he presentd in Lima back in December 2010. In the following interview the talented artist speaks of his fascination with flying, of his childhood dreams, and of his affection for animals.

How did you develop the idea of your most recent work?

Before traveling—I was in Spain for two years—I had a conversation with the Forum Gallery about hosting an exhibition of mine. I wanted to have an exhibition with sculpture in movement, and since I was already there ...

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