Japanese urbanite finds comfort in small town Quebec

Adjusting to life in a small Quebec town wasn't so easy for a native of the metropolis of Yokohama in Japan.
Shino Muraki moved to Caplan, Quebec from Yokohama, Japan without knowing a single word of French. Now, she teaches origami in French schools. (CBC)

Growing up, Shino Muraki lived in a high-rise building in the bustling metropolis of Yokohama, Japan.

Life is a little different for her now, living in a log house cabin in Caplan, Que.

Muraki moved to Caplan for love. After meeting her future husband, a francophone, in Peru, and spending five months travelling together, he invited her to live with him in his cabin. 

"Suddenly, I was in the woods," she told CBC's Quebec AM.

"We burn wood to make hot water and to heat the house."

Muraki said that first week in Caplan was very tough and she thought it might not work. The second week was better and when she went back to Japan after six months, she said she got culture shock.

"The lights were always bright, everybody works everyday and every night," she said.

Back in Quebec, Muraki said learning French was the hardest part of adapting to her new life.

"My husband is French-Canadian so after I was really installed here, we started to speak French," she said.

"I was crying every day for the first three months because I didn’t understand anything. But the people were nice. When I tried to speak to French people, they tried to speak French to me and they tried to understand me."

Now, Muraki teaches origami in French schools around the community.

"My French is not perfect yet but I can speak it and teach in the school. It gives me confidence in [myself]," she said.