Brazil is home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. According to the IBGE (Brazilian Census), as of 2000 there were between 1.4 and 1.5 million people of Japanese descent in Brazil.
The largest concentrations of Japanese people in Brazil are mostly found in the states of São Paulo and Paraná. The first Japanese immigrants arrived in Brazil in 1908.
Last month, the Brazilian superstar Daniela Mercury released the CD/DVD set Canibalia in North America and she just wrapped up a 7 city US tour this month. We just had to see her when she was in NYC!
There were many Japanese Brazilians in attendance! We thought we recognized a Japanese Brazilian but it was South Asian Brazilian model Bruna Tenório (with her boyfriend Felipe Torretta). Tenório has been the face of some advertising campaigns including Anna Sui, Gap, Kenzo, D&G, Chanel Haute Couture, Vera Wang, Valentino Haute Couture, Me & city. She has been on the covers of top fashion magazines including international editions of L’Officiel, Vogue and Elle and has walked for Alexandre Herchcovitch, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior, Michael Kors and many others.
Daniela singing with Ara Ketu, another popular Brazilian singer. Great song! Don’t be fooled by the slow beginning!
The DVD that is part of the package is the recording of an elaborate show that Mercury staged on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on New Year’s Eve.
One of our favorite songs and performances by Daniela from the Canibália tour
Hopefully, we’ll much more of Daniela, Ara Ketu and Japanese Brazilian history at the 2016 Summer Olympics. You know that is going to be some party!