Japanese Culture and Architecture in São Paulo

By Anna Fitzpatrick, Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL –  As home to the largest Japanese diaspora in the world, Brazil, and particularly São Paulo – both city and state – have been tremendously influenced by Japanese culture and architecture. The most recognizable may be the now famed Japanese neighborhood of Liberdade, and separately, the esteemed work of Japanese-Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake.

The first Japanese immigrants arrived in 1908, and Brazil is now home to the largest Japanese population outside . . .

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