Michiko Okano

Michiko Okano has a doctorate degree in Communications and Semiotics from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, and has been organizing cultural and intellectual events at the Japan Foundation since 1995.

Updated May 2009

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Living in a Space in Between

I was born in Japan, but I crossed the ocean to Brazil when I was eight years old aboard a ship on which I spent 40 long days—very different from the 24-hour flights needed nowadays to make that same trip. When I disembarked on Brazilian soil, I found it strange to see all the different races, and I loved to eat loads of bananas, which, in Japan, were difficult to get because of the prohibitive prices back then.

I remember hating it whenever someone kissed my face or pinched my cheeks, saying, “Cutie.” Those were my first experiences of ...

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