’Kaki（oyster/persimmon in Japanese)’ in Brazil
I live in the south of Brazil, in a small island connected to South America by a bridge. The majority of the people who live there are immigrants from Germany or Italy, so there aren’t many Nikkei people there.
There is a big lake in the island where oyster culture is done frequently. It is said to be the first place to start oyster culture in Brazil.
The main food in Brazil is meat, but being a Japanese person, I miss eating fish. If you go to the market you can find fresh sea food, and in most Japanese restaurants serve sushi and sashimi. Although Brazil is a large country, I don’t think that there is any other place you can find fresh oysters this easily.
I took advantage of my eater break and decided to go eat oysters. I never thought I would be able to eat fresh oysters in Brazil!
Since we are talking about “kaki” (same word for oysters and persimmons in Japanese), the fruit “kaki” (persimmons), is something that the Japanese immigrants brought to Brazil. After the long summer, when the mornings get cooler, you can get persimmons in fruit stands.
And they taste exactly like the Japanese persimmons. It reminds me of the persimmon tree in my yard.
The oysters I was craving for so long.
Oysters in the market.