Early life in Brazil (Japanese)

Going to Brazil to escape debt (Japanese) Early life in Brazil (Japanese) Learning skills by watching others work (Japanese) Repaying Brazil by educating the technicians (Japanese) Delivering know-how to the next generation (Japanese)

Transcripts available in the following languages:

(Japanese) Copeiro (butler) and Jardineiro (gardener) [were my first jobs]. So [I worked] from 5 in the morning till 12 at night. I woke up early and got tea ready from everyone. At night, I’d have to wait till everyone fell asleep after drinking tea or coffee. So that’s why I had to get up at 5 am and work until after 12. But they treated me well, as a human being. I was there for a year, and I collected a good amount of money. I then went back to Sao Paulo, since I was able to make enough money to go to school in Sao Paulo for a year. After that I went every which way, all over the place… from one Brazilian factory to another. It was for about a year or two. Then, I got married and had kids… we couldn’t [afford to] eat so we had to move to the countryside out of necessity. So, we came to Pompéia.

Date:
Location: Brazil
Contributed by: Caminho da memória - 遥かなるみちのり. São Paulo, Brazil: Comissão de Elaboração da História dos 80 Anos de Imigração Japonesa no Brasil, 1998. VHS.

Brazil migration

Itadakimasu 2! Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

Read the Itadakimasu 2! stories >>

Get updates

Sign up for email updates

Journal feed
Events feed
Comments feed

Support this project

Discover Nikkei

Discover Nikkei is a place to connect with others and share the Nikkei experience. To continue to sustain and grow this project, we need your help!

Ways to help >>

A project of the Japanese American National Museum

Major support by The Nippon Foundation