Henrique Minatogawa

Henrique Minatogawa is a freelance journalist and photographer, Brazilian third generation Japanese descendant. His family origins are Okinawa, Nagasaki and Nara prefectures. In 2007, he was granted a scholarship Kenpi Kenshu in Nara prefecture. In Brazil, has been working for 4 years in the coverage of events related to Japanese culture. (Photo: Henrique Minatogawa / Nikko Fotografia)

Updated July 2014 

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Nikkei Youth Associations in Brazil: ABEUNI

Among the youth associations created under the Nikkei initiative in Brazil, one of the most solid is ABEUNI (Portuguese acronym for Beneficent Universitary Alliance of Sao Paulo). In 2014, it had completed 30 years in operation.

“Our mission is to improve the population’s welfare through humanized care, promoting health, education, and citizenship combined with personal and social development of the volunteers,” explains Cecilia Ikedo, third generation Nikkei, data analyst, and current president.

The association was created from ABENIBRA (Portuguese acronym for Nipo-Brazilian Beneficent Association), composed of doctors and healthcare professionals that assist Japanese immigrants who do not have access ...

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What is that?

I was not raised in a family which followed the strict Japanese traditions. When I was a kid, we spoke in Portuguese almost all the time. In Japanese, only a few greetings, some verbs, and names of food, places, and objects.

It was all very natural for me. So natural that I didn't realize other people may not understand.

The first confusion that I recall happened in 1986, when I was in the first year of elementary school, 6 years old. When the teacher made the call for presence, I replied:

Hai!”—exactly the way my parents taught me ...

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Nikkei Associations: Bunkyo Youth Commission

The Comissao de Jovens do Bunkyo (CJB, Bunkyo Youth Commission) is a section of the Sociedade Brasileira de Cultura Japonesa e Assistência Social – Bunkyo (Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture and Social Assistance), an entity that promotes Japanese culture in Brazil, whose head office is located at Liberdade district, São Paulo.

Founded in February 1997, named Seinen Bunkyo at that time, CJB has gone through some name changes but always maintaining its primary goal: to preserve and spread Japanese culture.

Among its members, Japanese ancestry is not required. This year, for the second time ever, the president of the ...

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TV With Grandpa

My maternal grandfather was born in Japan, in Nagasaki prefecture. In Brazil, he lived in the countryside, very far away from my home in Sao Paulo.

When we travelled to visit him (in the ’80s and ’90s), the planning always included a stop to buy Japanese language newspapers and some VHS tapes.

At that time, those tapes were the only way to watch Japanese programs in Brazil. There was no internet as we know it today, and cable TV was in its first (slow) steps in the country.

I assume the process was something like this: someone, in Japan, recorded ...

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Nipo-Brazilian radio waves

In Brazil, currently, there are two radio broadcasters dedicated to Eastern culture, especially Japanese.

Rádio Nikkey is the oldest of them, operating for more than 20 years. Nowadays, the program is broadcasted as part of Rádio Imprensa and on the internet.

More recent, Rádio Banzai was called Rádio Fenix in its early days in 2005. Officially bearing its current name, the station has been broadcasting since 2007, always on the internet.

Brazilians of all origins

The programming of Rádio Nikkey is done in Portuguese by announcer Paulo Miyagui, 66 years old, a second generation Nikkei ...

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