Stuff contributed by Henrique

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Where I was on March 11, 2011

Henrique Minatogawa

In March 2011, it was only a month ago that it had begun working on a publishing company focused on Japanese culture. My job was to take care of a site whose content was related to that theme.

Students Talk About Succeeding the Noryoku Shiken and the Study of Japanese Language

Henrique Minatogawa

For the Japanese language students in Brazil, the beginning of the year is usually the time to wait for the result of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT or Nihongo Noryoku Shiken).

Nikkei Youth Associations in Brazil: ABEUNI

Henrique Minatogawa

Among the youth associations created under the Nikkei initiative in Brazil, one of the most solid is ABEUNI (Portuguese acronym for Beneficent Universitary Alliance of Sao Paulo). In 2014, it had completed 30 years in operation.

What is that?

Henrique Minatogawa

I was not raised in a family which followed the strict Japanese traditions. When I was a kid, we spoke in Portuguese almost all the time. In Japanese, only a few greetings, some verbs, and names of food, places, and objects.

Nikkei Associations: Bunkyo Youth Commission

Henrique Minatogawa

The Comissao de Jovens do Bunkyo (CJB, Bunkyo Youth Commission) is a section of the Sociedade Brasileira de Cultura Japonesa e Assistência Social – Bunkyo (Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture and Social Assistance), an entity that promotes Japanese culture in Brazil, whose head office is located at Liberdade district, São …

TV With Grandpa

Henrique Minatogawa

My maternal grandfather was born in Japan, in Nagasaki prefecture. In Brazil, he lived in the countryside, very far away from my home in Sao Paulo.

Nipo-Brazilian radio waves

Henrique Minatogawa

In Brazil, currently, there are two radio broadcasters dedicated to Eastern culture, especially Japanese.

Ramen for Lunch in São Paulo

Henrique Minatogawa

Starting from the mid-2000s, with the increasing success of Japanese anime, manga, soap operas, and movies in Brazil, a certain food began to draw the audience’s attention.

Nikkei Chronicles #3—Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

The Meaning of 'J.'

Henrique Minatogawa

When I was a child, I used to think my name was too long. So, I shortened it by writing “Henrique J. Minatogawa.” Even now, I keep that habit. My friends frequently ask: what does the “J.” mean? It reminds me of that Simpsons episode in which Homer is trying to …

Nikkei actors in Brazil: Japanese descendants share experience in the profession

Henrique Minatogawa

During the early years of Japanese immigration in Brazil, Japanese workers dedicated themselves to activities related to agriculture. Then, branching out into trade and other jobs.

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Sou descendente de terceira geração (sansei). Frequento muitos eventos 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), 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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