The Oldest Cafe in Japan – Cafe Paulista

Originally posted on Tokyobling's Blog:

Cafe culture started in Japan in 1911, when a few cafes opened up in Tokyo’s fashionable Ginza district. Of these the oldest still in operation is the Cafe Paulista (Paulista coming from Sao Paulo in Brazil), which opened in December 1911 operating under a peculiar 12 year contract of free shipments of coffee beans from the Brazilian government in order to spread coffee drinking in Japan. When the great earthquake of 1923 hit Tokyo and the destroyed the cafe at the same time as the free coffee agreement ended the management withdrew from the cafe business. It reopened in 1969 and moved to its present location on one of the main streets of Ginza in 1970. John Lennon and Yoko Ono both visited the cafe in 1969, according to legend. In 2003 there was a bit of flurry when records were discovered in Osaka City of a cafe having opened…

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Haitians Immigrants Struggle in Brazil

Originally posted on Tossing off the Bowlines:

Haitians AP photo of Haitian immigrants checking job sheets in Brasilia, Brazil.

The doorman/guard at our local sushi restaurant is a Haitian named Jean. He speaks French and English, and is learning Portuguese through immersion. Jean is a big, friendly fellow who always greets “mes amis” as we walk past with the dogs of an evening. Always willing to chat, he seems happy and content.

But when we really stop and talk, we realize how hard life is for him here in Brazil. He came a year ago, leaving his family behind in Haiti as he works to raise money to support them, and, he hopes, to start a better life for himself and them when he returns. Here in our neighborhood, he works two jobs that we know of — doorman at Sushi Nabe and valet at a Mineran restaurant — making survival wages.

Jean’s story is not unique in…

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Research Series, Pt. 3: the Japanese-Brazilian Return Migration

Originally posted on Japan Symposium:

Next up on the Research Series, Alexandra Pullano, our Co-Project Coordinator, explores the dimensions and impacts of migration on the community and identity of Japanese-Brazilians.

[Research Series Posts: Pt.1, Pt.2, Pt.3]

The Japanese-Brazilian Return Migration Between the 1980s & the 1990s

Deciding on what to do my research essay on for the Symposium project was a difficult process since there are a number of interesting areas of Japanese culture, economics and politics to be discussed. I finally decided to focus on the Japanese-Brazilian return migration that began in the late 1980’s and continued with force into the 1990’s. With economic hardship in Brazil and an economic boom in Japan, many Japanese Brazilians decided to migrate to Japan; the country they considered to be their homeland, even if some had never been before. If you are like me, you have probably never heard of this migration and are unaware…

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Pedro Diniz on Agroforestry in Brazil

Originally posted on The Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0:

Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0 participant Pedro Diniz shares a gorgeous video about his organization’s pioneering research and work in Agroforestry in Brazil.

Agenda Gotsch apresenta Agrofloresta em Grande Escala – Fazenda da Toca from Agenda Gotsch on Vimeo.

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Vertical Limits | Brazilian Alternative Public Housing

Originally posted on The New World Lusophone Sousaphone:


Topic: Verticalization of the Shantytowns: Where?

Theme: Federal My House, My Life Program

Source: GGN

Sabetai Calderoni is an urban planner, economist and member of the Superior Council on the Environment at Fiesp. José Pedro Santiago is an agriculturalist and member of the same council.

Both have demonstrated greater social sensitivity than the Ibre-FGV researchers cited in the previous post. Both have demonstrated greater social sensitivity than the Ibre-FGV researchers cited in the previous post. Calderoni and Santiago published the following article (Valor, Feb/02/15), evaluating the Minha Casa Minha Vida (MCMV) federal housing program.

GGN reproduces the arguments of the Valor article.

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The Reporter at the Ayahuasca Tea Ceremony

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

In a piece for the Financial Times John Paul Rathbone wrote about the murder of Glauco Villas Boas, one of Brazil’s best-known cartoonists. Glauco was a leader of the Céu de Maria church, one of the many churches in Brazil that treat hallucinogenic ayahuasca tea as a sacrament. The young man charged with murdering Glauco had partaken in the religious rituals of the church, and the murder provoked a heated national debate about the dangers of ayahuasca. While reporting the story Rathbone took part in an ayahuasca ceremony at Céu de Maria, which is described in the excerpt below:

Beatriz pointed me to a seat near the front and rang a captain’s bell to announce the start of the service. The congregation filtered in, some 200 people chatting easily among themselves. There were all types: young, old, fat, thin, black and white. Some looked like pirates, their faces etched with poverty; others like bank managers with…

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Meet biracial twins Lucy and Maira Aylmer who appear to be two different races

Originally posted on Universal Journal Review:

New York Post: There’s a set of biracial twins in the UK who are turning heads because one is black and the other is white.

Born in 1997 to a white father and a half-Jamaican mother, the sisters have grown accustomed to getting mistaken for being just friends — and they have even had to produce their birth certificates in order to prove they are in fact related, Barcroft Media reports…


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Professer Edery and the Circadian Rhythm

Originally posted on It's just a phage.:

There are few inventions more important to modern society than the timepiece. Clocks adorn walls all around the country. Watches can be found on the wrists of countless men and women walking around the city. The screen of a smartphone illuminates and the first things to appear are the date and time in bright, glowing numbers. Time dictates how this society works – coffee at 1:00PM, meeting at 3:00PM, dinner at 6:00PM. However, the most important clock in this world cannot be found on walls, wrists, or LED screens. This is the circadian clock, and it resides within our bodies through complex biochemical mechanisms. Just as the man-made clock is essential to the proper functioning of society, the circadian clock is essential to the proper functioning of our very bodies. This biological clock, which roughly corresponds to a 24-hour period, determines when we feel tired or active. It determines at…

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Carnival’s all over the world

Originally posted on Vreal Publications:

As New Orleans rounds up their celebrations on Mardi Gras so does the rest of the Caribbean, and South American countries who celebrated carnival through out the month of February. From colorful parades by day, many turn out by night for concerts where some of the biggest artists in Latin America take the stage.

Colorful floats take over Rio de Janeiro's street where each float transcends a message. Colorful floats take over Rio de Janeiro’s street where each float transcends a message.

In Brazil, carnivals are the most anticipated event of the year. Millions of brazilians take the streets as they are gathered by the music of samba bands. The carnival is kicked off by a gala funded by Vogue Brazil where some of the world’s top models and famous faces from Brazil gather in luxurious costumes. One of the most well known parades in Brazil is in Rio De Janeiro when some of the top schools in the country compete with their songs and…

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Sambas: cantando e contando (signing and counting)

Originally posted on Sobre o Samba:

Since samba originated under the influence of a number of musical styles and rhythms, it is natural to assume there is a variety of samba types. And in fact, there are different styles of samba that all have their specific meaning.

Here is a short list of sambas:

  • Samba enredo – samba created for a samba schools’ participating in the Carnaval. Usually it is built around some social or cultural issue that is presented in the choreography and decoration of the desfile.
  • Samba do partido alto – the style of grandes mestres do samba. Sambas of this type describe life on the hills of Rio and other underprivileged regions.
  • Samba canção – a slow and romantic samba.
  • Samba exaltação – patriotic sambas praising Brazil and its beauty.
  • Sambalanço – samba with elements of jazz.
  • Samba de breque – samba with sharp pauses for a singer to interject something fun or…

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