Coria del Río
|Coria del Río|
|• Mayor||Modesto González (Andalusist Party)|
|Demonym||coriano (m), coriana (f)|
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 the descendants of the first Japanese official envoy to Spain. 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.
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.
- Awamura, Ryoichi (December 11, 2003). "Spain's Japon clan has reunion to trace its 17th century roots". The Japan Times. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
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