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Coffee Hour: Welcome To Brazil

Author: Tsukuba Information Center, Issue: September 2002, Topic: Coffee Hour

More than 2 months have passed since the FIFA Soccer World Cup Championship finished. Many people enjoyed watching the games on TV or at the stadiums. It was the Brazilian team that won the World Cup! For this month's Coffee Hour, Ms. Juliana Eli Watanabe will talk about the country whose team excited the world and us.

Beginning in 1500, the first Europeans, Portuguese sailors, arrived in the region now called Brazil. After their arrival, many historical events occurred across time including colonization, independence, the imperial period, and finally a shift to a republic. Brazilian culture has been influenced by African, European and Asian cultures. One of the most famous Brazilian dishes, feijoada, a bean dish boiled with pork, was cooked and eaten by Africans who were brought to Brazil to work as slaves.

Brazil is 23 times the size of Japan. The beauty of its nature, such as the Amazon River, the Pamtanal marsh, and Iguacu falls, attracts and excites us all.

Ms. Watanabe, our speaker, is a Nisei from Guatapara, San Paulo. She is a student of the Graduate School, University of Tsukuba, majoring in Area Studies (Latin America). "My grandparents lived in Tsukuba before their emigration to Brazil, so Tsukuba is my second hometown," she said. She will introduce Brazil, her native country, to us. Date: September 25 (Wed)
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Place: Tsukuba Information Center 3F
Guest Ms. Juliana Eli Watanabe

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