Photos 2008: 100th Anniversary of Okinawan Immigration Celebration in São Paulo, Brazil

I went on a tour of São Paulo in August with my Mom and my Aunt. I liked the urban parks in São Paulo, and was impressed by Iguaçu Falls, on the border of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. 

Members of one of the Okinawan Immigration delegation
Groups from Japan and South America visited

Members of one of the Okinawan Immigration delegation
Is it a cliché to say Japanese people enjoy wearing uniforms?

Brazilian Youth
These Brazilian Japanese were the cutest things!

 

Center for Okinawan Immigration
The Okinawan cultural center in São Paulo

Urban Park in Sao Paulo
I enjoyed the parks in São Paulo

Urban Park in Sao Paulo
This was at the Orchid Gardens

Urban Park in Sao Paulo
Even while I was taking these photographs, the air seemed suffused with a sense of yellowing nostalgia already, as if I were looking backwards through the years at something long over. Or perhaps it was just the smog.

 

A pyramid decoration in an Urban Park in Sao Paulo
This was at the Parque do Luz, as was the one above and to the right

A Tour Bus Seat
On the tour bus at Iguaçu Falls 
  A bed at the Sheraton Iguacu Hotel
The Sheraton Iguaçu. The windows were coated in moisture in the morning. It was like living next to the biggest natural humidifier in the world.
Iguacu Falls
I must admit, when I first heard "Falls", I thought, "Big deal, I've seen waterfalls, Hawaii has loads of beautiful waterfalls."
  Iguacu Falls
I was wrong, the falls were spectacular. World-class. Fantastic. Huge, mind-blowing. And there were butterflies of all kinds, all around. 

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