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 

food en pt

Ramen for Lunch in São Paulo

Starting from the mid-2000s, with the increasing success of Japanese anime, manga, soap operas, and movies in Brazil, a certain food began to draw the audience’s attention.

It is a steamy broth involving noodles and some other ingredients: ramen.

The Liberdade district, in São Paulo, is a great concentration of Japanese restaurants. Currently, there are three shops whose specialty is ramen.

Strong seasoning

We visited the newest one, called Ramen Ya, which opened in February 2014, to know a little about what it is like eating ramen in São Paulo.

“The non-Nikkei Brazilians prefer the stronger seasoning ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #3 — Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

The Meaning of 'J.'

When I was a child, I used to think my name was too long. So, I shortened it by writing “Henrique J. Minatogawa.” 

Even now, I keep that habit. My friends frequently ask: what does the “J.” mean? It reminds me of that Simpsons episode in which Homer is trying to discover his middle name.

When I answer it is “José,” some do not believe me. I have to show my ID to prove it. “I thought it was Jun,” most of them reply.

I do not have a Japanese name or middle name. Among my Japanese descendant friends, all ...

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Nikkei actors in Brazil: Japanese descendants share experience in the profession

During the early years of Japanese immigration in Brazil, Japanese workers dedicated themselves to activities related to agriculture. Then, branching out into trade and other jobs.

Nowadays, Japanese and their descendants (called Nikkei) are in almost all working fields. Although in small numbers, today, it is possible to see them on TV, cinema, and theater.

Family concerns

“Since I always had a conscious attitude in what I do, they always encouraged my decisions. However, the concern about money and the instability also existed,” says actor Marcos Miura, 40 years old, third generation Nipo-Brazilian.

Marcos graduated in Marketing and was working ...

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