Roberto Hirose

Born in Chile on August 8, 1950, Roberto Hirose was educated in the local schools but also received Japanese influence through his family, through other Japanese living in Chile, and even by those Japanese visiting the country.  Upon graduating from the University of Chile with a degree in Engineering, he received a fellowship from Mombusho in Japan.  He remains connected to the wider Japanese and Nikkei worlds by participating actively in the Nikkei Panamerican Association, the Japanese Beneficence Society of Chile, and the Valparaíso Chapter of the Nikkei Corporation.

Updated December 2009

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Discover Nikkei at COPANI XV - Uruguay 2009

Development of the Nikkei Community in Chile

The first Japanese arrived in Chile at the end of the nineteenth century. The development of the Nikkei community, therefore, has evolved for more than 100 years. From the point of view of the Japanese influence in Chile, we can divide the period of Nikkei development into the following stages:

•  Before 1900: We have no information regarding the arrival of the Japanese
•  1900-1950: The Issei period (Meiji-Taisho)
•  1950-2000: The Nisei period 
•  2000 to the present: The Nikkei period

Before 1900

To better understand the multiracial and multiethnic influences that the Japanese and Nikkei experienced at the beginning of the twentieth ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #1: ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

Sushi y Vino

Yo soy un nikkei (nisei) nacido en Chile y criado en la zona central. Mis abuelos maternos y mi madre, llegados al país en 1929, añoraron siempre las comidas japonesas, lo mismo que mi padre que llegó en 1936.

Recuerdo que pescados para sashimi siempre encontraban, pero, no había wasabi ni shoyu. El primero no se consideraba o se reemplazaba por rábano rallado (daikon oroshi) y el shoyu era reemplazado por un sucedáneo a base de carne de vacuno. En todo caso, también había arroz, por lo que el gohan nunca faltaba. Es ...

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