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One of the players who impressed me (and there weren’t that many) during the recent FIFA World Cup was Japan’s centre back Tulio. Marcus Tulio Tanaka was born in Palmeira d’Oeste,Brazil in 1981.His father was a second generation Japanese-Brazilian and his mother Italian-Brazilian. Tulio moved to Japan at age 15 to complete his high school studies. After graduation in 2001, he joined the J.League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Tulio made his international début in 2006, and has played 43 times for Japan, scoring twice.
Tulio is the latest in a succession of Brazilian born players to represent Japan at the highest level. Some of these players have shared Tulio’s mixed heritage, whilst others have been Brazilians who became ‘naturalized’ in Japan.


In 1967 Nelson Yoshimura became the first Brazil born player to appear in the Japanese league. Nelson was born in São Paulo. In 1970 he became a Japanese citizen and took the name Dashiro Yoshimura. Dashiro went on to play international football.

George Yonashiro was born in São Paulo(1950). He obtained his Japanese citizenship in 1985 and played twice for Japan that year (no goals).
Ruy Ramos (born Ruy Gonçalves Ramos Sobrinho in Rio de Janeiro,1957) became a naturalized Japanese citizen in 1989. He joined Yomiuri FC (now Tokyo Verdy) in 1977. He played 32 games for Japan between 1990 and 1995, scoring once.

Wagner Lopes (born Wágner Augusto Lopes,São Paulo, 1969) is a naturalised Japanese citizen.He was an important member of Japan’s 1998 FIFA World Cup squad, playing 20 internationals between 1997 and 1999, scoring five goals.Alex (born Alessandro dos Santos, Paraná,1977) played 82 times for Japan between 2002 and 2006, scoring seven goals.Alex moved to Japan at the age of sixteen. He became a Japanese citizen in 2001, and represented his new country at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Alex also played at the 2006 World Cup, including a match against Brazil.

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Sanjuro- Samurai proto-cowboy.

Cowboys can crop up anywhere, not just in The Old West.
During the 1950’s and 60’s Western Movies began to draw on other sources. Japanese director Akira Kurosawa was particularly influential. Toshirō Mifune frequently appeared as a solitary, nameless hero upholding traditional values of justice against morally dissolute foes.

Sukhov- Red Army Cowboy.

Discussing his Soviet cult classic The White Sun of the Desert director Vladimir Motyl acknowledged the influence of Stagecoach and High Noon . He described the film as being a “cocktail” of Russian folktale and a Western. Visually, with it’s stark landscapes , the film resembles the work of Sergio Leone.

This used to be a hell of a good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it…

In Easy Rider Wyatt (as in Earp -Peter Fonda) and Billy (as in The Kid– Dennis Hopper) ride through familiar Western landscapes on their motorcycles.

I’m sure that most readers will be aware that Bossa Nova is very popular in Japan- in the future we will look at some native Japanese Bossa artists. But this lady is a bit special…
Lisa Ono was born in São Paulo in 1962 and moved with her family to Tokyo at the age of 10, afterwards spending half of every year in Japan, and half in Rio.
While living in Brazil her father owned a club, and was also Baden Powell’s agent.
Her singing career began at a restaurant and her earliest recordings were for TV commercials.

Lisa had collaborated with a number of major stars during her career, including Tom Jobim, but this lp was made in 2007 to mark the 80th anniversary of the great man’s birth.
Here are some sleeve notes:
Thanks to Paulo & Daniel Jobim, and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s long time friend Miucha, I was able to record this Antonio Carlos Jobim song collection to celebrate his 80th birthday. While recording the songs, I devoted myself to expressing the spirit Antonio demonstrated in his arrangement so that the listeners could thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the songs that he created. This album is filled with our love for Antonio.Paulo & Daniel Jobim appear on the record.

Link: http://rapidshare.com/files/296436640/Lisa_Ono_-.rar
A lot of info on Lisa here: http://www.onolisa.com/english/index.html

Incidentally Brazil is home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan, over 1 million people. In 1907, the Brazilian and Japanese governments signed a treaty permitting Japanese migration to Brazil, and the first Japanese immigrants (790 people – mostly farmers) arrived in Brazil in 1908.