“I used to live in Brazil before. I didn’t want to take a plane far from Taiwan (where I live) to eat local brazilian food. But I discovered that in Japan, they also have some Brazilian towns!”
We interviewed Daniel, who first heard about tabiko through some bloggers. Unlike the ordinary traveler, Daniel prefers backpacking. During the end of 2018, Daniel asked our tabiko concierges for details to help him plan his five-day trip including the local temperature, activities to do, etc. And this year in March, he took his family to Japan to visit a Brazilian town in Oizumi, Gunma.
Daniel said, “The Brazilian community in Oizumi is quite similar to the Chinese community in Chinatown in Yokohama.” He continued, “Latin american descendants originally planted coffee as a way of making money. They immigrated from Japan to South America which is why there are many Japanese in that area. Decades later, they moved back to Japan after the success of the automobile industry. In fact, most of the settlements where these descendants are located are nearby the automobile industry. For example, you can find South American communities living in Suzuki in Shizuoka, Toyota in Aichi, and Subaru in Gunma.”
Most people take the Isezaki Line from Asakusa to Tatebayashi Station. However, Daniel decided to take a train to Ota Station where he then rented a car. Ota is not far from Oizumi and you can use the car to freely explore the other areas!
As mentioned, Daniel previously lived in Brazil and didn’t want to fly or travel far to get local Brazilian food. He now lives in Taiwan, so flying to Brazil is too far for a casual trip. He especially misses the Brazillian grilled meat, Churrascaria. Luckily on his trip, he found a local Brazilian & Peruvian restaurant called, “Casablanca Oizumi.” It’s located next to a South American supermarket in Oizumi. After trying it, Daniel highly recommends it as the food is reasonably priced, cooked well, and you can even eat a buffet meal. He also mentioned to us that after the locals got off work, they also go to this place. It seems like it’s very popular among the Brazilian Japanese living in the area!
In addition to visiting Oizumi-machi, Daniel also traveled to nearby towns and places with his family and friends. He said, “In the middle of March, I saw cherry blossoms in Isezaki. The hills in the park area are full of sakura. The layout of the park really makes you enjoy the scenery and area. There is also a children’s park a bit farther away. You can access it with train, car, or taxi. And during the season, you can go strawberry picking where kids can enjoy!” Daniel also mentioned, “The area reminds me of this town in Taiwan. The temperature and wind patterns are quite similar. And I was able to ask my tabiko concierges for advice on how to dress appropriately to help make a great, comfortable trip.”
After completing his trip in Gunma, Daniel is already preparing to plan next years trip to Japan! He hopes to visit Tochigi Prefecture soon. We are looking forward to sharing Daniels next trip photos with all of you!