In 1888, the carpenter Kuno Gihei from Mio Village made a voyage to Canada. He settled down Steveston Village at the mouth of the Fraser River and engaged in salmon fishing. Later, he called relatives and villagers together in Canada. In 1940, the number of Canada emigrants of Mio Village reached 2000. It became the big power of the Japanese-emigrant society of Canada. People who have immigrated to Canada sent money to their relatives in Mio Village and those who returned to Japan built houses in a Western style. The houses were painted white and having a tiled roof with stucco.. This exotic village has been called America-mura.