Naomi Kimura

Born in Tokyo. Discovers Portuguese upon accompanying her husband for his job assignment in Brazil. Attended language school to learn Portuguese. Became a fan of Brazil after 5 years of living in the country. Currently works as a Portuguese interpreter and continues international exchanges within the Portuguese speaking community.

Updated September 2012 

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Nikkei Chronicles #1—ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

Brazilian Okaki and “Umeboshi

It was around 30 years ago when my husband and I unexpectedly moved to Brazil for his new job assignment. Unlike today, soccer wasn’t as popular of a sport in Japan back then, and there was little to no information about Brazil that was available in Japan. I myself could only identify Brazil as a country of coffee and carnivals—at the time, I even thought the carnival was a daily occurrence over there—so I still remember as if it were yesterday about how anxious I felt before moving to Brazil.


Back then, there were restrictions on the import of …

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