People from all over the world come to Japan and find new lives here, and they often even play a role in supporting Japanese culture and traditions.
Here we introduce their stories and their voices. We learn why they came to Japan, what captured their heart, and the words and phrases they love the most.
The words they share with us are persuasive and truly rich in meaning.
Listen to their favorite Japanese words and learn about the treasures valued in this country.

Tyler Lynch

Name: Tyler Lynch

Nationality: USA

Activity: Inn owner

Residency in Japan: 11 years

Now living in Nagano

Favorite phrase: “Maido”


“Maido” is a very friendly greeting. It’s mainly used by business persons greeting their customers, but it has the power to brighten up the mood and bring people closer together. “毎 (mai)” means “every” and “度 (do)” means “time” or “frequency.” Therefore, “maido” literally means “every time” or “always.” “Maido” is supposed to be followed by “arigato gozaimasu,” meaning “thank you,” so the full phrase is “maido arigato gozaimasu.” If you go to a department store, you might hear this phrase as a polite way of speaking to customers. However, omitting the latter half and simply saying “maido” and raising your hand will get you an informal, light-hearted greeting. Tyler the inn owner uses this greeting to blend in with the locals.

Favorite food: “Oshibori Udon”

Oshibori Udon

Udon is Japan’s traditional noodle made from flour. “Oshibori” comes from the word “shiboru,” which means “to squeeze.” The dish is called “oshibori udon” since a spicy local daikon radish known as “rat radish” is grated and squeezed for its juice that is used as a sauce. It is a dish that is unique to the area it comes from. If you want to know how hot and delicious it is…check out video on demand.