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.

Marcos Da Paz Brum

Name: Marcos Da Paz Brum

Nationality: Brazil

Occupation: Footwear craftsman

Years in Japan: 6

Current place of residence: Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka

Favorite word: “Heijōshin”


Heijōshin means stable mind. Marcos is able to make quality products because he keeps his heart and mind stable. This is what he believes, and so this is a word that he cherishes.

Favorite phrase: “Ki ken tai”

Ki ken tai

Ki ken tai are the three elements said to be needed for winning in kendo.
Ki is “mind” or “energy.” Ken is “sword” or “technique.” Tai is “body” or “balance.”
He needs to pour all of energy into his craft every day. So, this word is important not only for doing kendo, but also for succeeding in life.