Enrique Higa Sakuda

Enrique Higa is a Peruvian Sansei (third generation, or grandchild of Japanese immigrants), journalist and Lima-based correspondent for the International Press, a Spanish-language weekly published in Japan.

Updated August 2009

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The Olympic Dream That a Group of Young Nisei Transformed into Reality in Tokyo

"We asked ourselves, how is this possible? There won't be any Nisei at the Tokyo Olympics?"

The speaker is Luis Toyama, former president of the Nisei University Students Association of Peru (known as AUNP), an organization created in 1961 by university students whose parents were from Japan. The group organized cultural activities to promote Peruvian-Japanese relations and engaged in social work to help low-income people, among other activities.

By “we” he is referring to AUNP members and “the Tokyo Olympics” refers to the Olympic Games that were held in Tokyo in 1964.

The Nisei youth couldn't believe that ...

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Yokichi Nouchi: The Japanese Immigrant Who Made History at Machu Picchu

Everyone knows about Machu Picchu. But what few people know, even in Peru’s Nikkei community, is that the Inca citadel and Japanese immigration to Peru are connected by one person. His name: Yokichi Nouchi.

Born in Fukushima Prefecture in 1895, Nouchi was one of 18,727 Japanese who arrived in Peru between 1899 and 1923 as contract migrants.

This year marks 100 years since Yokichi came to Peru to work at San Nicolás plantation, north of Lima.

How did he get from Lima to Cuzco? His daughter Luz Marina, with assistance from her memories and papers she still ...

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Memories of a Matador

The ocean has always had great significance in the life of Mitsuya Higa. Ever since he was a child, he has been going to Callao’s La Punta district to swim or simply gaze at the sea. Now 83 years old, he no longer swims, but he still visits La Punta regularly because, he says, the ocean fills him with peace.

While living in Madrid in the 1960s, chasing his dream of becoming a matador, he missed the ocean. “I needed my bit of ocean, to see a lot of water in one place,” he says.

When I visit, I ...

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Memories of Hiroshima: 70 Years after the Atomic Bomb

Manuel Yoneyama was 16 when the atomic bomb devastated Hiroshima. It was 8:15 a.m., and Manuel was at home with his parents and siblings. He remembers an intense light (“like a camera flash”) covering the sky, and five minutes later a loud bang, or as he describes it, a “powerful boom.”

He lived 12 kilometers from where the bomb landed and no one in his family was hurt. For a month after the bomb attack, his parents forbade him from going to the city or the military factory where he worked.

“Luckily that was a day of yasumi ...

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Japan, a land still waiting to be discovered

Almost seven years in Japan. Sufficient time to learn Japanese. I didn’t learn it well; just enough to get by on a day-to-day basis. In truth, you don’t need to learn it. We didn’t need to learn it. In those times (the beginning of the 1990s), we Peruvians had an interpreter for everything: to solve a problem at work, to renew the visa, or go to the doctor. In the stores I was able to reach and take what I wanted from the shelves and then head to the cashier. In restaurants I was able to open ...

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