OHAYO Bom dia

My grandfather immigrated to Brazil from Japan about 100 years ago, and I was born in Brazil. That is why I strive to become a ‘bridge’ between Brazil and Japan. I treasure the ‘Japan’ rooted deep in my heart, and I want to keep that part of me protected in my homeland of Brazil. This series was composed with those feelings in mind. (“Bom Dia” is “Good morning” in Portuguese)

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Chapter 7: Men Who Actually Love Dramas

“Boys don’t cry.” That’s the mantra for how boys are raised in Brazil. And when they become adults, they’re told “Housework is a woman’s job” and “Only women watch TV dramas,” putting even more pressure on men to shun household chores and dramas.

However, that old stereotype has been changing recently, thanks to a certain program. The show is called, Winter Sonata (Fuyu no Sonata). With that as a catalyst, many things have been happening within the Japanese-Brazilian community. While the show caused a similar boom in Japan, among the Japanese-Brazilians, it’s more like a ...

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Chapter 6: Liberdade

The Liberdade back then is like a completely different world to me now.

It was 1964, and I had just transferred to Roosevelt High School.
Classes went until 6:00pm, and the route home was through Liberdade’s main street, heading towards the bus terminal.
To the students hurrying along wearing white and navy blue uniforms, it was like Urashimataro entering a strange new world.

There’s the flicker of dazzling neon signs upon neon signs, and the many people coming in and out of the pachinko parlor that just opened.
The unique, offbeat people not seen in daytime start ...

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Chapter 5: Saw it! I saw it, too!

Saw it! I saw it, too!

Saw it. Of course, I saw it, too.
My heart skipped a beat the moment they met.
Like in a dream, taken to a place with gorgeous scenery.
Introduced to surprisingly beautiful words, and comforted by a beautiful melody.
Tears filled my eyes.
It made me remember how wonderful friendship is. It made me miss people more than usual.

I, too, fell in love at first sight—with Jun-Sang!

Bingo! Yes, that’s it.
It’s said that “Winter Sonata (Fuyu no sonata)”, a message of love from Korea, has been seen by several ...

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Chapter 4: It’s A Carnival!

The Carnival is the biggest event in Brazil. The Portuguese brought this Pagan tradition to Brazil in the 17th century, and at first it was merely an entertaining recreation for commoners. People had fun in the streets all over town, throwing flower and spraying water at each other.

Today, Brazil is world famous as a “Carnival Country”. However, the carnival has turned into an “Exhibition” nowadays. It seems as though the rich “Escola de samba (School of samba)” and the celebrities are competing to see who can spend the most money.

One of my fondest memories of the carnival as ...

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Chapter 3: My First Ofuro

It was my 12th summer
My first time visiting my grandma’s home
My first time seeing a large coffee field
My first time stepping foot on red dirt
My first time meeting my uncles
My first time playing with my cousins

And my first time in an ofuro (Japanese-style bath)
You go first, says grandma
Mom is chatting on the balcony
Her first trip home in decades

My first time seeing an oil drum
Is it safe to go inside?
What if it’s to hot?
Hey, if I drown…
Hey…

Outside the small window is Mr. Moon
Ahh ...

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