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.
Name: Euan Craig
Years in Japan: 28
Current place of residence: Minakami machi, Gunma
Favorite thing: “Take tonbo”
Take tonbo is a tool used for measuring the diameter and the depth of pots when you’re working on the potter’s wheel. Euan wanted to make take tonbo, a tool, which was not only useful but also beautiful, and which had a real feeling of a tonbo, which is a dragonfly.
Favorite phrase: “Yō no bi”
Yō no bi literally means the beauty of function. It's the idea that everyday objects made for common use have intrinsic beauty that comes from nature. Euan wants to express that through his work by trying to create things which he finds beautiful and sharing them with other people.