Laura Honda-Hasegawa

Laura Honda-Hasegawa was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1947. She worked in the education field until 2009. Since then she has dedicated herself to exclusively writing which is her great passion. She writes essays, short stories, poems, and novels, all under a Nikkei lens.

Updated September 2018

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Chapter 8: The Taste of Manju

Round, and filled with that oh-so-sweet red bean paste. That’s the Japanese treat, manju . Brazilians know it as “doce de feijon ”. Here’s a story I heard from my mom. It was over 80 years ago. She was living in Shiteio at the time. One day, a customer from out of town visited. It was another Japanese-Brazilian, bearing an unusual gift: manju . The kids hung up the broom upside down behind the door. It was an old spell for making visitors leave quickly. And at last, the visitor left – and the kids headed straight for the manju ! Each manju was divided up i…

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Chapter 7: Men Who Actually Love Dramas

“Boys don’t cry.” That’s the mantra for how boys are raised in Brazil. And when they become adults, they’re told “Housework is a woman’s job” and “Only women watch TV dramas,” putting even more pressure on men to shun household chores and dramas. However, that old stereotype has been changing recently, thanks to a certain program. The show is called, Winter Sonata (Fuyu no Sonata). With that as a catalyst, many things have been happening within the Japanese-Brazilian community. While the show caused a similar boom in Japan, among the…

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Chapter 6: Liberdade

The Liberdade back then is like a completely different world to me now. It was 1964, and I had just transferred to Roosevelt High School.Classes went until 6:00pm, and the route home was through Liberdade’s main street, heading towards the bus terminal.To the students hurrying along wearing white and navy blue uniforms, it was like Urashimataro entering a strange new world. There’s the flicker of dazzling neon signs upon neon signs, and the many people coming in and out of the pachinko parlor that just opened.The unique, offbeat people not seen in daytime start to pop up nonch…

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Chapter 5: Saw it! I saw it, too!

Saw it! I saw it, too! Saw it. Of course, I saw it, too.My heart skipped a beat the moment they met.Like in a dream, taken to a place with gorgeous scenery.Introduced to surprisingly beautiful words, and comforted by a beautiful melody.Tears filled my eyes.It made me remember how wonderful friendship is. It made me miss people more than usual. I, too, fell in love at first sight—with Jun-Sang! Bingo! Yes, that’s it.It’s said that “Winter Sonata (Fuyu no sonata)”, a message of love from Korea, has been seen by several people throughout the Nikkei community. In 200…

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Chapter 4: It’s A Carnival!

The Carnival is the biggest event in Brazil. The Portuguese brought this Pagan tradition to Brazil in the 17th century, and at first it was merely an entertaining recreation for commoners. People had fun in the streets all over town, throwing flower and spraying water at each other. Today, Brazil is world famous as a “Carnival Country”. However, the carnival has turned into an “Exhibition” nowadays. It seems as though the rich “Escola de samba (School of samba)” and the celebrities are competing to see who can spend the most money. One of my fondest memor…

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