The Japanese Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama is a free museum close to Landmark Tower, Yokohama Cosmoworld and the Yokohama World Porters mall in the Minato Mirai 21 area of the city.
The Japanese Overseas Migration Museum is dedicated to the history of Japanese migration mainly to South America in the early 20th century. Many of the migrants left Japan for their new homes in Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Peru through the port of Yokohama. In all over 60% of the Japanese migrants went to Brazil.
Later many of their descendants were to return to Japan as guest workers to fill car and electronics factories in the land of their ancestors. Many of these returnees face a wall of discrimination due to their lack of Japanese language skills and a perceived inability to assimilate into mainstream Japanese culture.
The Japanese Overseas Migration Museum is located within the JICA Yokohama International Center and displays the history of Japanese emigration through documents, photos and videos. The facility includes a cafe and a terrace with good views.
Japanese Overseas Migration Museum
2-3-1, Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0001
Tel: 045 633 3257
Hours: 10am-6pm (closed Mondays)
Access: 10 minutes by taxi from Yokohama Station or within walking distance of Minatomirai, Bashamichi and Sakuragicho Stations.
Google map of the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum
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