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Bisa AIKO and her 102nd birthday

Katsuo Higuchi

“Congratulations, Bisa , on your birthday” and a smiling grandmother AIKO receives, from each of her great-granddaughters, a tight hug and a loving kiss given to her expressive face, but a little tired with age. Last January, D. AIKO, matriarch of the Higuchi family, celebrated her 102nd birthday. The celebration …

DREAMING... It's worth it!

Katsuo Higuchi

Dreaming is always good, whatever the motivation! Love, travel, employment, own home... Even though in some cases it may seem like a utopia. The dream is the light, the force that stimulates our fight for what we believe in. I remember the question they once asked an almost engaged couple: …

Mother's Flavor

Katsuo Higuchi

Stimulated by the instigating theme proposed by the editors of this newspaper – Nikkei Food x Japanese Food – the memory of Naomi Kawase's beautiful film Taste of Life came to mind. Full of beauty and subtlety, it is one of those films to savor with the eyes and provoke …

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 and the unsung heroes

Katsuo Higuchi

All countries in the world, almost without exception, have been painfully suffering the effects of the terrible Covid-19 pandemic. Some more, some less, but none went unscathed. And we don't know how and when it will end. In my country, Brazil, the situation is very serious, very serious! So far, …

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I want to leave, live... Aiko's lamentations

Katsuo Higuchi

Before the arrival of this terrible pandemic that is ravaging the world, Aiko, a retired housewife, living in the traditional neighborhood of Santana in the Capital of São Paulo, had a routine that was quite lively for a lady of her age. Known by her Brazilian neighbors as Dona Maria …

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 and its impact on the lives of Brazilian Nikkei

Katsuo Higuchi

As has happened in other countries, Covid-19 hit Brazil in a devastating way, showing those who did not believe in it, its lethal malignancy. On May 9, more than 10,000 deaths had already been recorded, with catastrophic numbers expected to reach in the coming months, despite the containment measures taken …


Katsuo Higuchi

Matías,   who happens to be our Argentine son-in-law, the first time he was at our house he was welcomed with a lunch beautifully prepared by Cecília, my wife. At the table, invited to start the meal, he made a comment that immediately earned him positive points with his family. …

Uchina Mensoore - Welcome to Okinawa

Katsuo Higuchi

Rain or shine, nothing stops Rádio Taissô groups from meeting daily at the traditional Praça da Liberdade in São Paulo to practice community gymnastics. An event that also takes place in several other locations, even in other cities. The instrumental music in the background, which echoes through the speaker, dictates …

KOKI IWAI , the celebration of longevity

Katsuo Higuchi

A comment made by a friend piqued my interest and I soon did some research and found what I was looking for. The prestigious Harvard University, in the USA, has been studying a fascinating topic for more than seven decades: What makes people happy in life? What makes a good …

Nikkei Chronicles #8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

My unforgettable uncle

Katsuo Higuchi

As a child, I used to read a monthly magazine that still exists today, in which there was a section called “My unforgettable type”, my favorite, where the lives of remarkable characters were portrayed. Ordinary people who, through their qualities or attitudes, had stood out or influenced the lives of …

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KATSUO HIGUCHI, nissei brasileiro, nasceu na cidade de Pompéia, no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil, mas passou a infância até os seus 12 anos, em Tupã, outra cidade do mesmo Estado.
Há muitos anos vive na Capital, São Paulo, onde formou-se em Direito, casou-se com uma nissei , tem 3 filhos e 2 netas. Praticamente, toda sua vida profissional foi focada na área de Recursos Humanos, onde se especializou em lidar com “pessoas”, sua paixão. Foi executivo, diretor e empresário. Outra paixão que sempre teve foi de “escrever”. Desde jovem colaborava com Jornais da Escola, das Empresas e , algumas vezes, teve a ousadia de enviar matérias para jornais da colônia japonesa de SP, de circulação diária.
Vem colaborando já há algum tempo com o jornal NippoBrasil e, recentemente, teve a satisfação de ser aceito como Colaborador do Discover Nikkei.

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