Blending of cultures – Japanese descendants perform a traditional dance during the Ethnic Dance festival in Curitiba, Brazil. The country is home to 1.8 million ethnic Japanese, the largest community outside Japan.
Celebrating diversity – Kimono exhibition at the Sao Paulo State Government Palace, organized in celebration of the 105th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Brazil. The first settlers came to escape poverty in Japan and work on Brazil's coffee plantations which were in need of laborers after the abolition of slavery.
Honoring tradition – Some of these garments were brought to Brazil by the first Japanese immigrants in 1908. They encountered harsh conditions and new diseases in their adopted homeland, but most managed to elevate themselves from poverty and get an education within one generation.
Keeping heritage alive – Japanese art teachers show off their colorful kimonos for the exhibition opening. Many younger Japanese Brazilians keep in touch with their heritage by spending several months in their ancestors' homeland, on a Japanese government grant, studying traditional dance, tea ceremony , and ikebana -- the traditional Japanese art of arranging flowers.
Little Tokyo – Liberdade, a central Sao Paulo neighborhood, feels more like Tokyo due to 600,000 Japanese descendents who live there. At weekends its buzzy food stalls attract residents of all nationalities.