Okinawans Celebrate 100 Years Living in Argentina

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This coming Saturday, August 30th, marks the 100th anniversary of the Okinawan people’s immigration to Argentina. Okinawan? Okinawa is one of the southern prefectures of Japan and contains thousands of small islands; its name is perhaps best recognized as the site of a famous battle in World War II, after which it was under American administration for the next 27 years. According to the government website, these people migrated to Argentina in the early 20th century to escape a conflict between Japan and China and now their community is nearly 25,000 people large. The Centro Okinawense en la Argentina has its own website, featuring cultural events and information about Japanese people from Okinawa, as well as information about where you can go to enjoy their sushi restaurants, their festivals, and of course their 100th anniversary! They will be celebrating Saturday from 2-4 on Av. de Mayo between Bolívar and Bernardo de Irigoyen with dance and martial arts performances.

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