15 Jun 07 1:46 pm
From what the locals tell me, the large Japanese population is due in part to the lack of farmers to harvest the coffee in the early 1900's. Thousands of Japanese immigrants came to Brazil, which at the time, Japan encouraged in order to make a world-wide presence.
WW2 had a very negative impact on the Japanese here, as they were isolated during the war. They believed in their victory. Many years later things settled down, and the families would all save and put their children through college. Immigration was later allowed, and families grew.
Today, many Japanese Companies have a major influence here in Sao Paulo. In addition, Japan is exporting its culture and influence even more by financing the various cultural troupes to perform for the community.
I just find it kind of a "matrix-warp" of sort when I see so many Japanese in a South American City... speaking... Portuguese!
Another tid-bit: Japan has a relatively "new" word for "thank-you"...
Origato... In Portuguese: Obrigado. mmmmm.
Maybe this is all the Matrix! I know... I need to get back home!
I have not had time to read the posts yet... Where is Mark these days? I just know I am going to smack into him! It really is a small world!