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Japanese culture takes over the summer in Rio de Janeiro

January 16, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email


Rio de Janeiro will be taken over by Japanese culture. From the 25th to the 27th, Riocentro, in the city’s West Side, will host the second edition of River Matsuri. The festival allows locals and tourists to immerse in the Japanese universe without traveling to the East. The idea is to transform the space into a little piece of Japan, with gastronomic experiences, cultural exhibitions, folklore dances, sporting and artistic presentations, among other attractions. Tickets are on sale.

Brazil is home to the largest Japanese community outside Japan. Currently, about 1.8 million Japanese and their descendants live in Brazilian territory. Rio de Janeiro, according to IBGE, the official statistics institute, is home to approximately 60 thousand of them. The exchange between the two cultures is so intense that it can be noted by the popularity of martial arts, by the number of Japanese restaurants scattered throughout the city, and by the fascination with cartoons, movies and games of Japanese origin.

Japanese traditional cuisine promises to be the highlight of the festival. If you go to Riocentro, you can enjoy typical dishes such as Gioza, Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, Lamen, ice cream Tempura and even a Wagyu burger (Japanese burger). All these options will be on the menu of the gastronomic space, twice as big as in the first edition of the event. There will also be musical shows, folklore dances, taikó, martial arts, tea ceremony, photo exhibitions, bonsai, ikebana and manga, origami and kirigami workshops. Japanese pop culture will also be there with anime and games.



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