Japanese Musiquest is broadcasted on CJLY, the Kootenay Coop Radio in Nelson BC, and also is syndicated on several stations across Canada. Operating since
September 2007, Japanese Musiquest exposes its listeners to Japanese culture, as the host plays a wide variety, of music native to Japan and discusses topics and issues that are prevalent in Japan with guests. To help listeners get more familiar to Japan, the show also introduces useful Japanese phrases.
Before Japanese Musiquest began, there was no Japanese radio show in Kootenay
area. Since this area is a very historical place to Japanese internment camps during the
Second World War, the programmer desired to present authentic Japanese culture to
listeners to enrich their understanding about Japan. The programmer believed that the
music and language are the best ways to get to know the different culture. As she fell in love with North America through those ways, she hopes listeners are more interested in
Now the show is getting syndicated with other community radio stations. To broaden the
show, many people will be able to savor the joy of discovering Japan. The programmer
strongly hopes the show will be a cultural bridge between the countries.