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An L.A. Sansei's Misadventures in South America

One of my weirdest experiences in Brazil

John Katagi

My visit to the town of Tupã brought me face-to-face with . . . wait, I’ll tell you in a second.

An L.A. Sansei's Misadventures in South America

Brazil has steaks. And so much more!

John Katagi

One really cannot speak of travel without including the subject of food. Travel and food go hand in hand. Name the destination, and images of touristic landmarks and exotic cuisines come to mind. When one hears “Brazil” it’s normal for people to think of the Brazilian barbecue or churrasco ...

An L.A. Sansei's Misadventures in South America

What's on the Bottom of My Soup Bowl?

John Katagi

During one of my first visits to the city of Manaus in the early 1990s, I was hosted by a Japanese language school in an area bordering the jungle called Cachoeira Grande (big waterfall). Manaus is a major capital city on the Amazon River. When I think of Manaus, there ...

An L.A. Sansei's Misadventures in South America

Beautiful, but Deadly

John Katagi

Kawashima sensei and I were at a conference outside of São Paulo at a retreat site called Tabor. We were having coffee with a number of community leaders, when a giant caterpillar on a nearby branch caught sensei’s attention.

An L.A. Sansei's Misadventures in South America

Wheee!

John Katagi

My first night in São Paulo, Brazil was like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland.

An L.A. Sansei's Misadventures in South America

Asking for Directions

John Katagi

When you’re driving and you’ve lost your way, what do you do?

An L.A. Sansei's Misadventures in South America

Wash Day

John Katagi

There must have been dryers somewhere in South America. Gas or electric, I would have taken either. During my eight years in Brazil, washday usually involved a washboard built into a sink, a hard, square, giant bar of soap and a clothesline. I never stayed anywhere with a dryer, no ...

An L.A. Sansei's Misadventures in South America

Grapes of Wrath

John Katagi

My first trip to Argentina was with Kiyo and Rosa. Kiyo would become my advisor and friend during my term in South America.  He and his wife invited me to join them on the journey to the Argentine state of Misiones, where they would visit and counsel a scattered group ...

An L.A. Sansei's Misadventures in South America

Hot. Muggy. Sweaty. The Whole Nine Yards

John Katagi

The air was stifling.

An L.A. Sansei's Misadventures in South America

Chased by a Storm

John Katagi

This is perhaps my most memorable experience in the Amazonian state of Pará - riding with teammates on the rear bed of Jon Nishi's Mitsubishi pickup truck.

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John Katagi has enjoyed his interactions with Nikkei in South America and the US. He has worked with the community for most of his professional life, as a staff member at the Japanese American National Museum, in religious and community service through Asian American Christian churches in southern California or working cross-culturally with Nikkei communities in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. His interests vary from Nikkei immigration history, food and travel. He currently lives and works in Ventura County, California.

Intereses Nikkei

  • historias de comunidades
  • historias familias
  • festivales/matsuri
  • japonesa/comida nikkei
  • Japantowns

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