The descendants of Samurai live in Spain.
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Coria del Río

Coria del Río is a small town near Seville, on the shores of Guadalquivir river.


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Coria del Rio

It is popularly known because there are some descendants of the first-ever Japanese official envoy to Spain. Early in the 17th Century Daimyo Date Masamune of Sendai sent a delegation led by Hasekura Tsunenaga to Europe. An embassy was then set up and six samurai stayed on. Approximately 700 of Coria’s 25,000 residents use the surname Japón (originally Hasekura de Japón), identifying them as their descendants. The name first appeared on an official document in 1646. Some babies born within the town are known to display the mongolian spot which is common in Asians.

この町は、日本が初めてスペインに派遣した使節団の子孫がいると一般に知られている。17世紀初頭、仙台藩主伊達政宗が、支倉常長が率いる使節団をヨーロッパに派遣した。そこで公館が設立され、6人の武士が定住した。25,000人のコリア・デル・リオ市民のうち約700人がJapón(元はHasekura de Japón ハセクラ・デ・ハポン)の姓を名のり、当時の武士の子孫であると見なされている。この姓が最初に公文書に登場したのは1646年だった。この町で生まれる乳児には、アジア人特有の蒙古斑が認められる子どもがいる。

A statue of Hasekura Tsunenaga was donated to the city by Japan in 1992 and stands watch over the river.


The football club Coria CF hails from Coria del Río.


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Historic letter from the first Japanese embassy in Spain, sent by Daimyo Date Masamune of Sendai in Seville Town Hall.

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Hasekura Tsunenaga and the galleon, named Date Maru by the Japanese and later San Juan Bautista by the Spanish

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A replica of the Japanese-built galleon San Juan Bautista, in Ishinomaki, Japan

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Itinerary and dates of the travels of Hasekura Tsunenaga

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Spaniards whose family name is Japon gather for a Japan Week program Dec. 1. in Coria Del Rio in southern Spain.