They came from the snowy northern outpost of Hokkaido and the
sunny southern island of Okinawa. Some were the sons of the newly
disenfranchised samurai. Others were humble farmers.
The Japanese who have settled in Argentina since the end of
the 19th century came for many reasons: wanderlust, good farming,
and even a love for tango, Argentinian music with a very Japanese
sense of nostalgia. Now numbering nearly 18,000, Japanese
immigrants and their children have made a home for themselves in this
country that, in the words of one Japanese-Argentine poetess,
welcomed us with yellow flowers like a rain of gold.
Japan Across The Seas paints a complex and multifaceted portrait
of the diversity of the Japanese-Argentine experience.
JAPAN ACROSS THE SEAS
Rita Mabel Maio
Argentina, 1998, 52 min, Colour,