|We’d like to focus here on the fantastic article penned by Marius Serra in La Vanguardia which looks at the Japanese influence felt in Barcelona and its surroundings.|
Marius also explains the peculiar origin of the name Micaco, where its origin goes back to the 16th century when the first seeds of Nispero arrived in Badalona from Nagasaki, a Christianized area of Japan, by San Francisco Javier.
Fast-forward one century, to the end of 1614, and we get to the Keicho expedition that left from Sendai – its leader the famous Samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga Rokuemon. Its mission; to establish trading relations between Spain and Japan.
One of the results from this expedition; the surname ‘Japón’. According to Marius Serra in the article, this fascinating history is one of 100 similar ones found in the book written by Lola Pons Rodriguez – a philologist and professor at the University of Seville