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.

Kit Nagamura

Name: Kit Nagamura

Nationality: U.S.A.

Activity: Poet and photographer

Residency in Japan: 26 years

Now living in Tokyo

Favorite way of thinking: “Haiku”


Haiku is a form of poetry that always has a reference to the season. She expresses the beauty of Japanese through haiku together with photographs. “It takes time to think up a poem and it takes time to take a good photograph,” she says. “But they become a sort of synchronistic way of showing deep appreciation, and also feeling a part of nature as I walk through it.”

Favorite place: “Roji”


Kit's favorite place is “roji.” This word refers to a narrow alley between houses. “The little narrow alleyways create among people a very sociable atmosphere. It's a great community feeling.”