Henrique Minatogawa

Henrique Minatogawa es un periodista y fotógrafo freelance brasileño de ascendencia japonesa de tercera generación. Los orígenes de su familia son de las prefecturas de Okinawa, Nagasaki y Nara. En el 2007, se le otorgó la beca Kenpi Kenshu en la prefectura de Nara. En Brasil, ha estado trabajando por 4 años cubriendo eventos relacionados con la cultura japonesa. (Foto: Henrique Minatogawa/ Nikko Fotografia)

Última actualización en julio de 2014


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

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.

In the Nikkei community, these celebrations have a specific name: Bonenkai. The meaning, with minimal adaptation, is “gathering to forget the year.” Of course, the intent behind the expression is of learning from the bad things and being grateful to those with whom any joint work was done during the past ...

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How Brazilian Nikkei Play Japanese Video Games

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.

However, in 1983, the so-called “crash of the video game industry” occured. Basically, what happened was market saturation. Many companies launched their own consoles, game production was too large, and with almost no quality control, consumers became confused. Thus, the games industry began to decline.

After 1985, with the entry of Nintendo, the video game market ...

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Japanese Barber Shop in São Paulo

When a Nikkei gets a haircut in Brazil, they often hear that “cutting Oriental people’s hair is difficult.” The reason given is that the strands are very smooth, sometimes too thin, sometimes too thick. Thus, it would be difficult to make different hairstyles, and the cuts show errors more easily.

To meet this demand, currently, there are many hairdressing salons specializing in Easterners. They also offer dye services, manicures, and other aesthetic services, with the target audience mainly made up of women.

Haircutting is a service that involves some periodicity—people hardly go every day—different from a store ...

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Festival do Japão (Japan Festival)

Festival do Japão (Japan Festival) is one of the main events of the Nikkei community in Brazil, especially regarding physical space, attractions, and number of visitors. In 2015, it reached its 18th edition.

The event is organized by Kenren, the federation of the Japanese prefectures associations in Brazil. This year, Japan Festival was held on July 24, 25, and 26.

The organization estimated the number of visitors to be about 180,000 people. Entrance is paid, but all internal activities are free. Also, there are free shuttles between the event and the nearest subway station.

At each festival, organizers ...

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Kawaii Ambassador of Brazil

Akemi Matsuda, second-generation Nikkei, had lived in Japan from 3 to 19 years old. There, she completed elementary school and, later, opted for what in Brazil is called technical education to study classical ballet.

“I attended a school like the Bolshoi in Russia,” she says. “In the morning, we studied regular school subjects normally. After lunch, it was just the practice of classical ballet. We studied the history of ballet, music, how to build a stage... It was all directed towards the formation of dancers.”

In Japan, Akemi was able to work as a ballet dancer. With her training in ...

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