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.

Maud Archambault

Name: Maud Archambault

Nationality: Canada

Occupation: Minyō performer

Years in Japan: 16

Current place of residence: Warabi, Saitama

Favorite word: “Fushi”


Fushi means ”melody” in English. Minyō melodies were not created on paper like classical music. She was surprised to hear people singing the Minyō while working, and she appreciates the content of the songs because they are like the history of people in Japan.

Favorite phrase: “Jūnin toiro”

Jūnin toiro

Jūnin toiro is an expression that means “Ten people, ten colors,” in English. It basically means that there are as many opinions as there are people in the world. Even though everybody has different lives, when they get together and do something together, they become one.