Expat Column No.18
BY Simone Yoko Kofuji from Brazil
I came to Japan through an Overseas Technical Trainee Project between Brazil’s Kochi Association and Kochi Prefecture. My parents, who were born in the town of Yusuhara, immigrated to Brazil before I was born. And there, I was born as a Nisei–Second Generation Japanese.
The first place I went was Hirome Ichiba. When I entered Hirome, I instantly loved the fun atmosphere with lots of people, delicious food, beverages and a variety of menu to choose. I thought right away it was the perfect place for gathering friends.
It’s said that Kochi’s culture is Latin-like. In Kochi, people drink very much and they also have the Yosakoi Festival. Like the Carnival in Brazil. This time, I could participate in the Yosakoi Festival. Everyone enjoyed the Yosakoi Carnival and of course I enjoyed and had a great time. In Brazil, they also drink very much and dance a lot too. Certainly, sounds Latin like to me.
If you have the chance to come to Kochi someday, please take a look at Hirome Ichiba. I think you will spend a great time at the taste of Kochi’s delicious food and drinks. And I recommend you to order a drink and try saying “henpai.” I’m sure you will make a lot of friends! Well, Cheers!