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.

Mohammed Chowdhury

Name: Mohammed Chowdhury

Nationality: Bangladesh

Activity: Soba noodle professional

Residency in Japan: 30 years

Now living in Kanagawa

Favorite work: “Uchitate”


Uchitate refers to the freshness of just-made soba created by a long process. Fresh soba is the best due to the strong flavor and aroma of buckwheat.

Favorite phrase: “Kokyō”


Kokyō” means the hometown where one was born and raised. Mohammed's true kokyō is Chittagong, the second largest city in Bangladesh.
He came to Japan alone, but is now all settled in with his wife and kids. Thanks to the friendship of the locals, Zushi is now his second kokyō.