IDC Robocon – Day 8 – Japanese village

16 Jul

By Glenn Sim

With 3 days left before the competition, the operating hours of the workshop has been extended to give us more time to complete our robots and prepare for the final showdown. As the canteens were extremely far from the workshop, we decided to give the nearby cafes a try. The concept of eating there is different and rather interesting. They have a wide spread of food (almost like buffet style) and we are allowed to take whatever we want. Well, here’s the catch: we have to pay for the food by weight. something different from what we have back in Singapore.

brazillian style: take and weigh concept

brazillian style: take and weigh concept

Extended hours at the workshop from today also means that we have less time to go out at night. however, this did not stop us from visiting the Japanese village in Sao Paolo.

A little bit on the history of Sao Paolo and how this whole “Japanese village” came about.

After the abolition of slavery (1888), São Paulo received increasing numbers of immigrants from Italy, Portugal, Germany and Spain. From 1908 to 1941, many Japanese immigrants arrived and formed the bulk of the Asian community in Sao Paolo. They resided mainly in Liberdade. It has also become home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. Although today most Japanese-Brazilians speak only Portuguese, some of them are still fluent in Japanese.

Aska, the name of the Japanese restaurant we were recommended, operates till 9.30pm everyday and we were lucky to be the last on the waiting list.

researching before the japanese adventure

researching before the japanese adventure

The few japanese eateries we saw along the way:

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ASKA

ASKA

open kitchen concept in aska

Open kitchen concept in aska

Jared and I at the japanese restaurant

Jared and I at the japanese restaurant

all these for 2 person

all these for 2 persons

Our Sao Paolo adventures continues…..

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