Namban matsuri - A single festival


In 1970 Japan realized what would be its reunion with the World after the greatest historical humiliation of the nation of the Rising Sun. Capitulation before the Americans in World War II. Of the 96 million visitors to the Osaka Universal Fair, 93 million were Japanese. This represents well the importance that the event had for the rehabilitation of the Japanese spirit in the expression of a sincere embrace for peace.

Portugal, as a guest nation, then had a prominent role in performing a show of epic dimensions called Namban Matsuri. This cultural gesture that had the participation of artists from both nations celebrated the meeting of peoples and their surrender to the common ideal of tolerance and respect for cultural diversity under the aegis of the ideals of freedom.

With direction by Águeda Cena and production by Carlos Avilez, it would then be considered the outstanding artistic expression in Osaka 70. Currently, there are few records about the same, which has been making it difficult to make a contemporary Namban Matsuri.

The idea came from a prominent artist of Portuguese culture. Professor Doctor Architect António Laginha who, in conjunction with the Passos Canavaro Foundation ( and the ASAO-XXI movement ( are currently collecting information so that they can produce a project that celebrates the meeting between the West and the East marked by the arrival of the Portuguese in Japan (Cipango as it was known at the time) in 1543.


Given the difficult mission, this text is an appeal to all those who are interested in Japanese culture with special importance for the community of Japanese natives who live in Brazil and may have records of the Namban Maturi held in 1970. Its transfer would be a huge help, not only to the projection of Lusitanian culture, where Brazil stands out, but also that of Japan.

If you can have relevant information in order to achieve this objective, please contact us through the address Our sincere and cordial thanks. Arch. Mário Cardoso