Javier García Wong-Kit

Journalist, with a degree in Communication Sciences, and instructor at San Martín de Porres University in Lima. He writes about gastronomy for the Gestión newspaper and publishes stories and profiles in Kaikan magazine, published by the Japanese Peruvian Association. You can find his blog at www.viajesdeescritorio.lamula.pe.

Updated April 2015

 

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The Japanese Language in Peruvian Speech

Languages crossed national borders well before globalization and today, in any part of the world, you can hear other languages spoken with both native and foreign accents. But what causes one language to incorporate words from another language and appropriate them for everyday use?

Japanese culture figures prominently in Peru, as does the Japanese language, which has been assimilated by young people and adults through consumption of diverse products, media figures, and colloquial usage. It’s not surprising, then, that some Japanese words are not identified as Japanese despite being used frequently.

As with English, certain terms have become universal ...

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Eduardo Tokeshi: A Portrait of Curiosity

His gaze conceals a reality that he has transformed into art. Eduardo Tokeshi, born in Lima in 1960, emanates a sense of imperturbable calm that he’s maintained from the time he began exhibiting his first works and walked around with long hair, and even on this particular afternoon when the weather seems to have come to a standstill in his home studio in Miraflores.

At 55, Tokeshi has been working as an artist for almost three decades. Yet his work, which has been exhibited in around 20 countries, seems like that of a young talent. Since a retrospective of ...

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Christmas Memories of the Nikkei

Our memories are filled with sad and happy landscapes that speak to each other. I asked some Nikkei to share their childhood memories, Christmas holiday customs, and family traditions. Members of the “Road to Happiness” painting workshop, a program of the Ryoichi Jinnai Recreational Center for the Elderly which is part of the Japanese-Peruvian Association, spent some time in the days before Christmas to share their memories over coffee and sweetbread.

Naoko Yamauchi: “There is a lot of happiness in my life”

Naoko Yamauchi wears a shirt with the logo of Radio Taiso, the morning radio exercise program that is ...

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Kamishibai: El teatro de papel no se detiene

Japón está lleno de tantas formas de arte que existen algunas poco conocidas fuera de su país, incluso en Perú, donde la comunidad nikkei ha desarrollado y difundido muchas de ellas, como el ikebana, los bonsái, el origami y el manga. Solo así se explica que haya un solo exponente del kamishibai, el teatro de papel que surgió después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial como una especie de arte callejero.

Así lo explica Pepe Cabana Kojachi, conocido como “Mukashi Mukashi” (que significa “hace mucho, mucho tiempo”), quien inició su camino como narrador de cuentos luego de ...

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Meli & Marco: Divirtiéndose con la música

Tienen un par de meses grabando videos de sus improvisaciones musicales pero por la forma en que se compenetran y disfrutan de sus ‘jam sessions’ parece que lo hicieran por años. Melissa Araki y Marco Shimabukuro son dos jóvenes músicos peruanos capaces de tocar cuanto instrumento llega a sus manos. Juntos han formado un simpático dúo con el que fusionan ritmos japoneses, peruanos y de todo el mundo, con pegajosa alegría.

Se conocieron hace 10 años pero no habían tenido muchas oportunidades de tocar juntos. Un día decidieron hacer una improvisaci ...

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