A memorial building which is called The Japanese Immigration Memorial is completed designed by the Brazilian architecture firm Gustavo Penna and Associates. This Japanese memorial is constructed in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. This Monument-Museum to friendship and its metaphors celebrates, in the open, the friendship between Japan and the state of Minas Gerais and what this relation is being able to build in a concrete and in an immaterial way. This memorial architecture is a bridge which constructed over a lake and it is metaphorically speaking the bridge which connects the territories, times, ideas and ideals. The lake is look like the ocean which separates the countries. And somehow, it is also the one which represents the challenges, achievement of the past time. The journey is starts from the symbolic Japan of the cherry trees to Monas of the white ipe trees. The curved wall is also placed, side by side in an allusion to both flags: the red circle and triangle, it is in order to honor Japan and Minas. Which is refers to the synthesis and concision which is common to the peoples of both countries, this is a fortunate analogy.
At the same time, cohesion, is continuous the movement and the interdependence with the symmetrical bridge shape with the entwined curves brings. This Japanese memorial is precisely located at the ecological park Promotor Francisco Lins do Rego and it is being a part of Pampulha, the landmark of Belo Horizonte modernist architecture. This is celebrates the dialogue between mineiros and Japanese people which is share and exchange the ideas, dreams and projects. The richness of this union is comes true, it is by the ethnical mix, by the cultural expression-cuisine, poetry, music, fashion-in commercial and technological partnerships.
Visit the website of Gustavo Penna and Associates – here.
Photographer: Jomar Bragança