Stuff contributed by Henrique

The Shogi Challenge in Brazil

Henrique Minatogawa

Pawn, tower, horse, bishop, and king, in Brazil, these names refer to chess pieces. Not that chess is extremely popular in this country it is only that many people have at least some knowledge of its basic rules. The expression "checkmate" for example, is used in various everyday situations. I ...

Nikkei LGBT talk about prejudice and acceptance - Part 2

Henrique Minatogawa

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Nikkei LGBT Talk About Prejudice and Acceptance - Part 1

Henrique Minatogawa

According to the 2010 census conducted by IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), there are approximately 190 million people living in Brazil. Of these, approximately 1.5 million are Japanese or descendants of Japanese, or less than 1% of the country’s population, according to data from Japan’s ...

Nikkei Pastry Chef Spreads Yogashi in Brazil

Henrique Minatogawa

Many people in Brazil tend to assume that Nikkei are interested exclusively in Japanese culture. If a Nikkei is keen on sports, the sport must be karate; if s/he likes music, it must be enka; if s/he draws, it must be manga. While these assumptions may occasionally be ...

Japanese Grocery Stores: An Appreciation

Henrique Minatogawa

Some years ago, I worked in a publishing house in São Paulo’s Vila Mariana district. Nearby, there was a Japanese grocery store, where I would go to buy a bento at lunchtime.

What “Made in Japan” Means to Me

Henrique Minatogawa

When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, one of the most desired objects was the Sony Walkman. Particularly a blue one that was made in Japan. By that time, Japanese products had a good reputation in Brazil; watches, cameras, TVs, or audio equipment manufactured in Japan were ...

Japan vs. Brazil?

Henrique Minatogawa

In August 2016, Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympic Games. As the athletes prepare to compete, I prepare to once more answer the question: “Will you support Brazil or Japan?”

An Endangered Custom

Henrique Minatogawa

I am a Sansei Nikkei, 35 years old, born and raised in São Paulo. During childhood and adolescence, I did not have much contact with the larger Nikkei community; I associated only with relatives and some friends. I did not attend Nikkei events, eat in Japanese restaurants, or study ...

Celebrations of the End and Beginning of the Year in the Brazilian Nikkei Community

Henrique Minatogawa

From mid-November until just before Christmas, gatherings to celebrate the end of the year take place in Brazil. In general, corporate parties take place earlier; then, the associations and clubs; while friends and family’s are closer to Christmas and New Year, when most people are already on vacation.

How Brazilian Nikkei Play Japanese Video Games

Henrique Minatogawa

The video game is an American invention, attributed to the German-born American engineer Ralph Baer (1922-2014). The Odyssey, considered the first console in history, was commercially launched in 1972. The novelty became extremely popular in the United States, especially with the leadership of Atari.

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Sou descendente de terceira geração (sansei), fotógrafo e jornalista free lance em São Paulo, Brasil. Trabalho muito próximo da comunidade nipo-brasileira e gostaria de saber como vivem os nikkeis de outras partes do mundo. Muito obrigado.

I am third generation Nikkei (sansei), free lancer photographer and journalist from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I work very close to the Nipo-Brazilian community, so I would like to know how the Nikkeis from other parts of the worlds live. Thank you.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns

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