Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture Kanagawa University

Research and study

【Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research B】Social History of Japanese Colonies in Brazil

Geographical scope

Settlements and communities of Japanese immigrants in Brazil, particularly those in the State of Sao Paulo.


  • The streets of Registro viewed from the monument representing the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Brazil.

  • The Anglican chapel in Registro built by Japanese immigrants (designated as cultural property in 2010).

The project applies the perspectives and research methods established through our studies of East Asian folk cultures and histories to the study of Japanese communities in South America. The investigation aims to cast light on the everyday lives of Japanese settlers with an emphasis on field studies; it will also document their material culture such as folk artifacts and architecture, and examine privately-owned materials in Japanese settlements.