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.

Adam Jones

Name: Adam Jones

Nationality: USA

Activity: Bonsai artist

Residency in Japan: 5 years

Now living in Saitama

Favorite phrase: “Jin” & “Shari”

Jin & Shari

Bonsai is an art form made by growing a miniature plant in a pot to create a universe.
It has a deep philosophy, and is gaining attention worldwide as a living form of art.
Adam started studying under his master five years ago. He has endured intense training with barely any days off, and now, even his senior apprentices praise him for his skill.
As a bonsai enthusiast, his favorite Japanese phrase is “Jin & Shari.” Watch the show to learn what it means!

Favorite time of the day: “dan ran”

dan ran

When Adam is not training, he loves to spend his time with his wife. His favorite phrase is “dan ran” which refers to a pleasurable time spent with people close to you. It is often used to describe a happy family.
“As far as I know, there's not a perfect word for ‘dan ran' in English. I think we'd need to use a phrase to explain it” he explains.