Last weekend, Leo finally took me to the small Japan of São Paulo – the Square of Liberty (Liberdade), in the Japanese neighbourhood. It is as close to the real Japan as we could only get because unfortunately, for now, we still cannot afford the intercontinental tickets (or at least not if I ever want to return back home XD)
Attractions of the Japanese neighbourhood
The Japanese district here is quite unique of a place because it represents the largest quantity of the Japanese outside of their own country, has its “Japanese themed Mcdonald” and also its own, competitive version of a Fast Food restaurant right next to it, as well as plenty of shops with all kinds of gadgets, oriental themes, traditional food and so on. You can find here pretty much anything that Japan is associated with, even A MANGA VERSION OF THE NIETZSCHE’S BOOK! (Actually, that might have not been such a bad idea – I bet in Poland we would find a big audience willing to read such a version of any type of literature).
Japanese Cuisine Festival
The biggest attraction of the Japanese district is the Sunday festival of traditional cuisine, which is held literally every Sunday and every single time it attracts crowds. The Japanese put stalls, stoves and other wonders up and get to serving meals, snacks, drinks and the like. We decided on the “Bi-Fum” (whatever that means) and I have to admit it was very tasty, BUT I would definitely recommend one large portion for two people, because you’ll get stuffed af, and a small portion is just not worth it, as it costs R $20, while the big one is only R $3 more expensive.
As a snack, we ate sushi (well, Leo only tried it, because he didn’t turn out to be a big fan of it, but I liked it), and for a dessert, something tasting similarily to a pancake with sweet beans. Really good.
Surprises of the Japanese region
We visited McDonald’s to chill in the oriental climate, and then we stepped into the “Japanese Garden” – who has ever been to Wrocław and has seen the Japanese Garden there, knows that these types of places can have a climate and probably has already imagined God knows what here. Well, no. Here I did not even take pictures because that’s just a loss of memory. I do not know why that “garden” has such a name in the first place because these are some 3 square meters of rocks, a few leaves and a rather ugly wooden fence. But of course, nobody asks to pay for the entrance and surprisingly people actually do come by.
No JG pics then, but as a consolation, I’ll post some pics from McDonald’s.
This weekend was filled with attractions indeed. I was able to see a true Manga Master doing manga portraits on the street in action, the Japanese theme of the bank Santander, some pretty charming places in the city center (excluding the rubbish on the streets and the questionable smell of the homeless, but in the Japanese district that you will not find, so let’s leave it for another time perhaps), as well as a couple of completely STRANGE sensations like the Guaraná drink called “Jesus”. Well, shit happens.