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The Japanese Cultural Center

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on Oct 9, 2017 11:17:43 AM

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In 1898, men between the ages of 20 and 45 left Japan to work on Peru's coastal plantations as contract laborers. And by April 3, 1899, Peru welcomed its first Japanese immigrants who arrived aboard the Sakura Maru at the Peruvian port city of Callao. The descendants of these immigrants would become known as 'Nikkei.'

Today, there are about 160,000 Peruvians of Japanese descent, and the Nikkei community has around 12,000 people.  

The Japanese Peruvian Association or Asociación Peruano Japonesa (APJ) is a cultural association and institution that gathers and represents Japanese citizens of Japanese descent living in Peru. It was founded on November 3, 1917 with the name of Central Society of Japan.

Today, the APJ has its corporate headquarters in the building of the Centro Cultural Peruano Japonés or the Japanese Peruvian Cultural Center, located in the district of Jesus Maria in Lima, Peru. Because Peru has the second largest Japanese community in South America, the APJ is one of the most meaningful cultural exchange for the Nikkei community.

It is the pioneer institution in teaching the Japanese language in the country and aims to strengthen friendly relations between Peru and Japan by promoting the traditional values of Japan among the members of the Peruvian community and the community in general. Its goals are to foster cultural, scientific and technological exchange.

The El Centro Cultural Peruano Japonés is the cultural center of the Japanese Peruvian Association. It opened on May 12, 1967 as a meeting place and distribution hub of the various manifestations of art, traditions of the Peruvian and Japanese culture.

How to get there

The complex of the Centro Cultural Peruano Japonés is located in the district of Jesus Maria in Lima, Peru. It is located at Av. Gregorio Escobedo 803, Res. San Felipe,  Lima 11.

What to do there

The 50th anniversary of the Centro Cultural Peruano Japonés and 100th anniversary of the Asociación Peruano Japonesa was celebrated in 2017. Over the past five decades, the Peruvian Japanese Cultural Center has been the scene for cultural concerts, film screenings, festivals, exhibitions, sports, manga, literature contests, origami, among other activities.

The Japanese Language Center at the Centro Cultural Peruano Japonés also offers course units. Learn the language and other Japanese disciplines such as origami, aikido, karate, kendo judo, Japanese literature, manga, etc.

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the Japanese presence in Peru. In the Centro Cultural Peruano Japonés, you will find the cultural center, art gallery, museum, library, and more.

Operating Hours


Mon to Fri from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm

Saturdays from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm


Mon to Fri from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Ryoichi Jinnai Art Gallery:

Mon to Fri from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Hall Gallery:

Mon to Sat from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Mon to Fri from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

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Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: culture, heritage

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