From salmon farming in southern Chile to shipbuilding in landlocked Paraguay, Japanese companies are pursuing investments throughout Latin America – with an eye toward future opportunities under the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The exhibit in San José is designed to celebrate 80 years of diplomatic relations between Costa Rica and Japan, but it’s also an excuse to display some nerdy toys and posters. Japanese pop culture has a range of imagination that has inspired billions of consumers around the world, and despite the many shared motifs, no two franchises are exactly the same.
“Descent into the Inferno,” playing this weekend at the Butoh Dance Festival, is based on “The Aeneid” by the Roman poet Virgil. In theory, the performance tells the story of the founding of Rome. But under the direction of Fred Herrera, this special Butoh performance promises to disorient and confound the viewer.
Brazil is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, with a population of some 1.8 million people of Japanese descent. About 60 percent live in the southeastern and most developed state of São Paulo.