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

culture en ja es pt

OHAYO Bom dia

Chapter 3: My First Ofuro

It was my 12th summerMy first time visiting my grandma’s homeMy first time seeing a large coffee fieldMy first time stepping foot on red dirtMy first time meeting my unclesMy first time playing with my cousins And my first time in an ofuro (Japanese-style bath)You go first, says grandmaMom is chatting on the balconyHer first trip home in decades My first time seeing an oil drumIs it safe to go inside?What if it’s to hot?Hey, if I drown…Hey… Outside the small window is Mr. MoonAhh~ it feels so good Shortly after I got out“AHHHHHHH!”A scream is heard &lsquo…

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culture en ja es pt

OHAYO Bom dia

Chapter 2: Japanese Is Difficult!

1. “Is your mom there?”    “She went to the byouin (hospital).”    “Is something wrong?”    “Yeah, her head.”    “Oh…”    “She’s going to change her hairstyle.”    “Oh I see, she went to the biyouin (salon).” 2. “How’s the new job?”    “It was no good.”    “What?”    “I didn’t make it in time for the inter…

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identity en ja es pt

OHAYO Bom dia

Chapter 1: Your face speaks of your roots

“New teacher for Portuguese class is Japanese!” The information spread like lightning. The third year students at the vocational school all poked their heads out of the windows in anticipation. There I was, walking in front of them—a newbie teacher headed to class 3-A. The hallway seemed neverending. I was very nervous. My first job at a school, my very first class—looking back, it was such a stressful moment that it almost makes me want to tell myself, “Good job. You did well.” There have been Nikkei teachers for subjects like math and science, bu…

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