Arrivals in America - Conclusion

Out of nine Uehara brothers and sisters, seven came to Argentina, the eldest went to Brazil, and only their sister remained in Okinawa.

UEHARA's brothers and sisters
Year of Birth
Country
of Present
Residence
Year
of arrival in
Argentina
Request for
Migration
Made by:
Uehara Torao
Brazil
Uehara Matsu
Japan
Uehara Kiyomasa
04/11/1902
Argentina
5/11/1922
While in Brazil, he Later moved over to Argentina
Uehara Kiyoji
01/01/1905
Argentina
11/05/1927
Kiyomasa
From Córdoba
Uehara Seizen
07/08/1907
Argentina
21/01/1927
Kiyomasa
From Córdoba
Uehara Kiyotomi
25/03/1911
Argentina
06/05/1930
Kiyomasa
From Córdoba
Uehara Nabe de Shokida
05/01/1914
Argentina
15/10/1950
Guensuke Shokida, her husband
Uehara Seitake
17/07/1916
Argentina
03/03/1937
Kiyomasa
From Córdoba
Uehara Kiku de Tamashiro
10/02/1920
Argentina
26/06/1940
Guen-ei Tamashiro, her husband

The eldest sister, Matsu Uehara, also wanted to migrate to Argentina but her father retained her under promise that she and her parents would be the last to travel to Argentina. She later on married and remained in Okinawa. According to Matsu Uehara, each time one of her brothers went to the port in order to sail for America, they arranged for the migrating relative to be on the coastal side of the deck, so that he would be able to see the fire set by Matsu on the hill owned by her father Seishichi, while those who had remained behind, in the village of Nakijin, could see the ship afar as it sailed away.

I wish to thank my grandfather Seishichi Uehara for having had the vision of South America as a place with enough land to inhabit and cultivate, living in Peace, away from any war, which is what led him to send his sons to South America..

I wish to thank my father Kiyotomi Uehara, for having performed all type of activities in order to survive, adapt himself and raise a family, without leaving aside the good things of life, such as sports, music, journalism, and also for keeping in his memory all the information that has been included in this report. It seemed to me that this is worth sharing with others, since it reflects the microcosm of a family history which repeated itself in various degrees in all the family groups migrating from Okinawa in order to live in Argentina, where they were generously welcomed without any discrimination.

I also wish to thank Argentina, my country, where I was born and brought up, where my loved ones reside, where my life and activities can develop.

Taka Uehara, née Yonamine, passed away on November 22, 2004.

Elena Uehara
2005

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