The biggest library of Japanese books in South America
There is a library with the biggest collection of books written in Japanese in all South America.
Here, in Colonia Pinhal, you can find the library with the biggest collection of Japanese books in South America. As you enter the library, you can see the section of “Young Adults”. There are more than 70 thousand books neatly placed in bookshelves. And the books that aren’t organized…more than one can count. There are all second-hand books in Japanese. From children’s books and comics, novels and magazines, even illustrated encyclopaedias and historical documents. Most of the books are comics, some people call the Japanese book section “the manga section”. They have classic comics like Dragon Ball and Ranma ½ and much more.
The library is open on Saturdays from 2 to 5 in the afternoon. Students (15-16 year olds) from the Japanese school work at the reception. Most of the customers are people from the village that understand Japanese, but some people come all the way from Sao Paulo or even from Japan. “70 thousand books” and “the biggest Japanese book collection in South America” must give a big impression to the Nikkei community.
Leaving the library, you can see a eucalyptus forest. Since the library is located in a very calm village, it’s the perfect location to submerge into the world of the books.