Ceremony Marks 150 Years since Japanese Immigration in U.S.

Society Culture

Gold Hill, California, June 9 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony was held in Gold Hill, California, Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first full-fledged group of Japanese immigrants to the United States.

The ceremony took place at the site of the Wakamatsu colony, a settlement established by the Japanese immigrants in 1869. It was attended by descendants of the immigrants.

The event unveiled a memorial built by people in the city of Wakamatsu in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Fukushima, which succeeds the feudal domain of Aizu, a home to the immigrants.

Chikamori Matsudaira, a 20-year-old descendant of the family of Aizu Matsudaira and a student at Waseda University, participated in the ceremony with a costume dating back to 150 years ago.

The monument is inscribed with a kanji character meaning righteousness, which was written by Matsudaira.

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