Tatiana Maebuchi

Born in São Paulo, Tatiana Maebuchi is a third generation Japanese Brazilian on her mother’s side, and fourth generation on her father’s side. She is a journalist with a degree from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in São Paulo, and has written for magazines, websites, and media marketing. She is also a travel blogger. As a member of the communications team of the Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture and Social Welfare (Bunkyo), Maebuchi helped contribute to the dissemination of Japanese culture.

Updated July 2015

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Telma Shiraishi Gives a Unique Flavor to Japanese Cuisine with Brazilian Ingredients

Born in the city of São Paulo and with roots in the Japanese prefectures of Wakayama (her paternal grandfather) and Iwate (her maternal grandfather), chef Telma Shiraishi, 52, attended preschool at a Japanese school and received her elementary education at a state school. At age 10, she moved with her parents and two younger sisters to the countryside. After experiencing several robberies, her father, a branch manager of the old State Bank—his branch was located in Largo da Batata, in the Pinheiros district, near the Cotia Cooperative and the Pinheiros Market—became tire…

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Inspire Forward: Nikkei Heroes Under 30

Douglas Mitsuyuki Ito is the Creator of a Network that Connects Young Nikkei from All Over Brazil

On the paternal side, his great-grandfather’s parents came from the Hokkaido Prefecture and his great-grandmother’s from Gunma. On his mother’s side, his great-grandfather’s parents were from Miyagi and his great-grandmother’s from Yamaguchi and Hiroshima. These are the family origins of the 25-year-old Yonsei Douglas Mitsuyuki Ito, who holds a degree in Information Technology Management. Family culture “I feel that up until my grandparents’ generation there was a very strong Japanese cultural presence, with the practice of Buddhism and old custom…

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Inspire Forward: Nikkei Heroes Under 30

Graziela Tamanaha: Young Leadership and Inspiration in the Brazilian Nikkei Community—Part 2

Read Part 1 >>Bunka Matsuri—Bunkyo’s Japanese Culture Festival“The following year, I was invited to join the communications team at Bunka Matsuri to promote the movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. For me, it was a great challenge,” she acknowledges, “because until then I hadn’t been part of any commission that had such a major impact on the community.” The Bunka Matsuri has always had a traditional format; however, from 2018 onwards it started to change, bringing in more [elements from the realm of] pop culture. In the eyes of this young…

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Inspire Forward: Nikkei Heroes Under 30

Graziela Tamanaha: Young Leadership and Inspiration in the Brazilian Nikkei Community—Part 1

Her father’s family is from Nishihara, Okinawa; her mother’s is from Hokkaido, Japan. Her grandparents were very engaged in cultural activities and following in their footsteps is their granddaughter, Graziela Tamanaha, a 26-year-old Sansei. Boasting an impressive 7-year trajectory in the Japanese-Brazilian community, she started out by attending the main events once a year, then gradually increasing her presence until finally reaching its current full commitment. Family Roots “I grew up with two cultures at home,” she says, “Japanese and Uchinanchu [Okinawan…

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Amigurumi entrelaça cores e vidas

Duas yonsei que estudaram juntas e mantiveram a amizade, mesmo com a mudança de escola de uma delas no Ensino Médio. Uma é filha de mãe japonesa e pai mestiço (avó japonesa). A outra é filha de mãe mestiça (avô japonês) e pai não descendente. E um interesse em comum entre Thaysa Yuri Endo, de 30 anos, e Larissa Kakizaki de Alcantara, de 29 anos, as aproximou ainda mais. Hobby que virou ofício Certo dia, a mãe de Larissa – que fazia crochê como passatempo fez um amigurumi (“ami&r…

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