The first Japanese driver in Brazil (Japanese)

Moving to Brazil wanting to see the world (Japanese) In the boat on the way to Brazil (Japanese) Experiences in the farmlands (Japanese) The first Japanese driver in Brazil (Japanese) Affect of the World War II (Japanese)

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(Japanese) I became a [truck] driver in 1912. When I told my friend, he said drivers are terrifying. well, even I thought "driving" itself was quite scary. But my friends told me, "hey, if they're willing to teach you, you might as well learn it," and so I did. And so I became the número uno (first) Japanese [truck] driver. Well, driving for a living was the best. But when was it. 1926? No, it was1919. We moved to the countryside. Before that, [in the city] there were a lot of young folks around, who liked to drink and party all day, every day. And you know, well, I had a wife, I had young kids. I didn't want to be in that kind of environment. And so I made the decision to move to the countryside to live as a farmer. That's why we moved to Pitangueiras.

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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.

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