The Legislative Assembly of Amapá honored, on the morning of this Monday, 18th, the Japanese community in Amapá for the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Japanese in the state. In response to the request of the state deputy, Edna Auzier (PSD) A solemn session was held to celebrate 7 decades of contributions to the development of the state, especially in Japanese agriculture, fruit growing and art.
The immigrants arrived in Amapá on September 6, 1953, in the period after the Second World War, in a total of 29 families when the still federal territory of Amapá was governed by Janary Nunes who was in charge of territorial management from 1943 to 1958. Initially They settled in the agricultural colony of Matapi, extending to Fazendinha, Mazagão and Porto Grande, where they dedicated themselves to the production of vegetables and fruits. Since then, many have permanently settled in the state and worked in different areas, contributing significantly to the growth of what is now the state of Amapá.
At 4 years old, Keiko Meguro arrived in Amapá with his parents. Japanese by birth, she lived her entire life in the state, married a Brazilian, an agronomist and had children who are Brazilian. She participated in the solemn session representing all the honored families. ”I am very happy with the recognition of this legislative House. It wasn’t easy for us, but we managed to build our history and build a future for our descendants. I thank all the bodies and entities involved in this tribute, the press present here and Amapá for giving us this opportunity to celebrate this important date with such a beautiful event that received so much support. Despite the difficulty of getting everyone together, everything went well and now we are here at this exciting moment”, she said.
The Taiko group (ancestral Japanese drum, before the samurai), an instrument that encompasses a variety of percussion sounds, performed a beautiful performance to show a little of Japanese culture. Currently, there are pioneers in the state and countless descendants of the first families that arrived in the region. Today, the Japanese-Brazilian Amapá community is fully integrated into various segments in the areas of education, science, politics, sports, gastronomy, martial arts and other sectors.
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