The first Japanese immigrants arrived near Sao Paulo, Brazil, 112 years ago. June 18th, 1908, they disembarked from the ship named Kasato Maru in the town of Santos. 781 men came to work on the coffee plantations. That was the beginning of the wave of 200,000 migrants who made their way to Brazil by the 1940s to work in agriculture; coffee, tea, rice and strawberry growing. The newcomers banded together and made mutual aid societies. Many moved into the cities, to open small stores and pharmacies. The Japanese immigrants cooperative economic model led to business success and prosperity.
The Nikkei community is still vibrant more than 100 years after the first Japanese arrived in the largest South American country; today 1.6 million people of Japanese descent live in Brazil. Yearly celebrations of Japanese Immigrant Day were codified into Brazilian law in 2005. The Japanese neighborhood of Liberdade in Sao Paolo is a good place to celebrate. You can visit the Japanese Immigration Museum (Rua Sao Joaquim, 381) and see the poster below.
Feliz Dia da Imigração Japonesa!
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