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Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction opened in 1928 as the National Emigration Center (国立移民収容所) where Japanese immigrants stayed before traveling mainly to South America (especially Brazil) by boat.
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This was where the Japanese immigrants would stay for up to 10 days to prepare for their long boat journey and move to S. America.
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It was a lodging facility. Later renamed Kobe Emigrant Education Center and then Kobe Emigrant Assistance Center and Kobe Emigration Center.
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During World War II, the facility was used by the Japanese military. Then it became a school for hospital nurses.
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Today, the building is a South America emigration museum and the base for Kansai Brazilian Community.
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Entrance.
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Portuguese notices.
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The 1st and 2nd floors have the emigration exhibition rooms. The 3rd floor is mainly offices of local Brazilian groups, and the 4th floor has rented studios for artists.Open 10:00 am -5:00 pm (enter by 4:30 pm), closed Mon. (open if a national holiday and closed on Tue. instead) and December 29 to January 3. Admission: Free
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Farm tools
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Emigrant ship to South America.
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Travel routes from Japan to South America.
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It took over 50 days to travel from Japan to South America.
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History of the emigrant center.
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History of the emigrant center: 1930s
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History of the emigrant center: 1940s
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History of the emigrant center: 1950s-60s
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History of the emigrant center: 1970s-80s as a School of Nursing.
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History of the emigrant center: 2007-2009
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Statue of emigrants to Brazil. This same statue also stands at Meriken Park in Kobe.
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Exhibition room
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Emigrant's living quarters.
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Life in the emigration center.
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Lodging facility reconstructed here.
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This is how the sleeping quarters looked like at the Kobe emigration center.
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This is how the sleeping quarters looked like at the Kobe emigration center.
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This is how the sleeping quarters looked like at the Kobe emigration center.
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Japanese language textbooks.
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Emigrants' luggage.
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Electronics
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Vintage camera
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Artist studio
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3rd floor
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Nice stairs
     
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