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The participation of Japonese immigrants in the construction of the landscape of Vale do Ribeira (SP)

Grant number: 23/16157-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2024
Effective date (End): February 28, 2025
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Landscaping
Principal Investigator:Arthur Simões Caetano Cabral
Grantee:Lívia Osawa Tanaka de Souza Ribeiro
Host Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura, Artes, Comunicação e Design (FAAC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru , SP, Brazil


Brazil concentrates the largest number of Japanese people outside their home country, and their influences on different cultures are clear. The participation of the Japanese in the construction of the landscape of Vale do Ribeira, located on the southern coast of the state of São Paulo, constitutes the theme of this research. It is one of the cradles of Japanese colonization in Brazil, concentrating relevant landscape and architectural heritage that dates back to the beginning of this occupation, in the first decades of the 20th century. Given the historical neglect of development policies for the Vale do Ribeira and the pioneering condition found by Japanese immigrants, it is assumed that there are significant traces in the landscape associated with the ways of building, cultivating and inhabiting the Earth observed there, to be investigated. in this research. The project aims to analyze the interaction of ethnic, cultural and natural aspects involved in understanding the landscape based on Japanese immigration in the region, especially in the city of Registro-SP. Through bibliographic research and field surveys, the aim is to verify and map signs of a special relationship between human beings and the Earth (DARDEL, 2015), in order to reinvigorate latent affections and strengthen awareness about the participation of the Japanese community in the landscape and local culture.

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