Dec 14, 2017

Where to buy socks in Japan

Socks. We all need em.
Socks in Japanese is Kutsushita (靴下) And in Japan there  are in my opinion 
3 main popular kinds of socks

1. Nice Japanese socks
2. Happy socks from Sweden
3. Brand name socks.

I would LOVE to show you pictures of nice Japanese socks.....but I actually no longer have any because they worn out and had holes in them and I had to throw them away....and I seem to be suffering from another issue that many people have, the washer ate them.

So INSTEAD I will give you  the link to the website of a major Japanese brand, Tabio
http://www.tabio.com/jp/

Another famous brand that is good is Fukuske
http://shop.fukuske.com/

If you want to know where I personally shop for Japanese socks. 
Shinagawa station, Atre store, there is a place to buy socks and that is specifically where I always buy them.


Now I don't have any Japanese socks to show you but I still got plenty of Tights. Tights in Japan are very common, its typical for a woman to wear tights instead of a full bear leg. We have lots of very very thin almost invisible tights that you can't even notice, girls love them because it makes their skin look nice.

I no longer wear these for religious purposes, but I have plenty of non see through coloured ones.

Japanese tights generally, in proper stores (like Marui  (〇1〇1)) Will be arranged by THICKNESS. This is nice but the issue is, I feel tights in Canada, though generally made from cheaper looking material, have longer shelf life, cheaper in price and come in more thicker material.

Price in Japan for tights, does not matter. ALL TIGHTS RIP, FAST!
Those yellow Vivienne Westwood ones above, yeah they got a hole in them. From day 1.

Next we have Happy socks.
This is a Swedish brand that is found in a lot of department stores in Japan.

I think these socks are really good quality and come in fun colours. The happy socks I had lasted a long time.



Last I want to talk about brand name socks, and where to get them. Now if you are thinking "but I want affordable socks!!!".  Don't worry.  Brand name socks, are actually around the same price, as regular socks.

The socks I am wearing are Armani. Armani socks range from 10-25$, but mostly under 15. That is not a lot, as its the price for pretty much all socks I buy :/.

Even though I only have Armani, I will tell you exactly where to get a lot of brand name socks in one place.

For Tokyo people.
Ikebukuro, Seibu department store. 5th floor mens department.

Theres a corner on that floor for socks.

My feet are size 23.5, but these socks are said to fit 25-27cm, but they fit me 100% perfect.
Armani doesn't make ladies socks, but the mens socks will be fine for you ladies.

This floor sells mens underwear and socks, all in same area (because its for suits, for workers).

Theres lots of big brand name socks and they are not expensive at all. So enjoy ^^

If anyone else lives in Japan and has a favorite place to shop for socks please tell me in the comments ^^


I end this blog post with a picture of me trying to show off the Armani gloves I have for winter. I am wearing a Armani hijab that was a present from one of my best friends. For those who know me are probably wondering

BUT MIRA!!! you LOVE Louis Vuitton! don't cheat!!!
Lol. Don't worry.  If Louis Vuitton made socks, I would be the first in line to buy them.

Dec 12, 2017

JAPANESE HALAL BEEF!! From Tokushima ( HALAL SAKURA)

This meat...THIS MEAT!!

IS THE BEST MEAT I HAVE EVER TAISTED IN MY WHOLE LIFE!!

Hands down. The best.

This is at a restaurant in Tokyo, Nippori area called HALAL SAKURA
http://halalsakura.com/

It is a Japanese halal restaurant.
They have Yakiniku, Shabu shabu and other Japanese foods.

The whole restaurant is 100% halal, no pork, no non halal, no alcohol. Mashallah.
I went here and honestly it was the best experience.  Since reverting to Islam, I wondered..

Does Japan make HALAL Japanese beef? (WAGYUU)

The answer is YES!!
In Tokushima!!!

I actually went to Tokushima and it was in the tourism pamphlet  that the area was famous for the AWA halal beef. Halal meat is often imported from Australia to Japan, but we DO have our own halal beef. Everyone knows that Japanese beef is better than other countries beef, and its more expensive for that reason.

Halal wagyuu, is not cheap. But its VERY GOOD!  Beef from Awa is lean, healthy and amazing. You can find it some places in Tokyo, but for sure you can get it at Halal Sakura restaurant.
Tokushima really is a nice place to check out.

I have made some videos on my trip to Tokushima.

 I hope to go back and check out which local restaurants are carrying their very own Halal Awa wagyuu.


Till then I will have to get my dose at halal sakura.





Is Japan safe for Niqabi?


 This black fabric that is covering my face is called NIQAB (nee-cob)
It is not called a "burka" as some people mistakenly call it. A burka covers all face including eyes. Niqab only covers  your mouth and nose leaving your eyes open.

Niqab is worn mainly in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman and UAE, but can me found in other countries across the world.

Does Kanadajin3 wear niqab? Yes sometimes.

I have two. Both are from Saudi Arabia, one is a gift.

I wear it sometimes, but I am not a Niqabi (a girl who always wears it).






In Japan, you often see women wearing Hijab but do you see women in Niqab?
The surprising answer is yes. I don't know if women wearing Niqab is on the rise in Japan? Or if I am just more prone to seeing them being a Muslim woman myself....

I see at least 1 niqab per week.
However, all except for the women at mosque, were not wearing a black traditional saudi style niqab. They were wearing colourful fabric that covered their face.

Some were pink, purple, white and some multi colour pattern.

At the mosque I often see women wearing them but in the station or shopping I have seen plenty of women.

So the question is....How do people react ? Do they run away in terror!!! OMG THE GAIJIN IS SCARY ENOUGH BUT NIQABBBB!?!?!
No way.
Nobody cares
At all..


I have worn Niqab in various places.  
* on the train
* shopping
* while eating out
* looking for apartment to rent
* doctors office
* walking past police
* busy area of city

Not even once did I feel people were afraid of me or running the other way. I got nobody getting up and moving away and no change in the amount of people sitting down beside me on the train.

I don't wear it daily but I can have some confidence that at least TOKYO JAPAN. Is fairly safe for a Niqabi ^^




Nov 28, 2017

Why I quit make up?

I have been Muslim for over 5 months.

I used to never appear in a video, let alone outside without at least eyelash extensions on.

I used to wear make up but I stopped.

Many people have noticed this and have asked

"is it because of your religion"?


No.



Now, many people can argue that "make up is haram" or "make up is not haram".
I don't want to have that talk. This is not the place for that.

The reason I don't wear make up anymore has nothing to do with my religion.

The reason why, and I want to be really straight forward, is because some people told me I looked better without make up.

"WHAT!!! how can you be a follower!!! why not think for yourself!!"

Of course. I didn't simply follow their advice like sheep. I mean, people have been telling me, no make up is better, for years.

I get 50% people saying make up is nice. 50% say no make up.
People have their preferences.
I have always ignored them.
But 4 months ago, I listened for a short time and it was about a week where I did not wear make up. I got used to not wearing it. I found it was better.
It is much easier to get ready, I don't have to buy a bunch of products, no extra time spent on it. It is so much better this way.

So yeah, It started with someones suggestion that I actually listened to, but in the end I chose to keep it this way because I liked it better this way.


Now at the same time, many people say "you should wear make up you would look better". But really, I don't care to look "better". If I wanted to appeal to the general public, I wouldn't be covering my body and wearing hijab.

What I always miss in Canada

I, kanadajin3 named my YouTube channel kanadajin because Kanadajin = Canadian.
The 3 was added because kanadajin was already taken.

I was from Ontario, Canada. Since moving to Japan I have went to Canada 3 times.

I wish I could go more often but the plane ticket is expensive. This time was summer and I paid 2700$ CAD for ticket.
  As you may know in Canada there is a coffee store called "Tim Hortons". They have a drink called "ice cap". It is the best drink ever.

The first thing I do when I get to Canada is get a ice cap. This xxL looking cup is actually a medium size!!!. It is so big.

However, even though it is huge amount I drink the whole thing. I love ice cap so much.

This is me after a 13 hour flight. Yay to no sleep



When you think of famous Canadian food theres not much. However there is one dish that is uniquely Canadian.

POUTINE.

It is french fries, gravy and cheese.

This is poutine made with Turkey gravy.
It is really good but unhealthy.


 When I go to Canada, I always have the same travel pattern.
I spend 2-3 days in Toronto, then I make my way up North, stopping in a few cities on the way till I get to a small city with a population of less than 1000 people.  Along the way visiting cities I used to live in, cities with friends and cities where family members live.

When I come back home, I get driven to the nearest cities airport, then fly directly to Toronto and then stay a night and come home.

One person I always want to see is my best friend. She has been my best friend since I was in Grade 9.

It doesn't matter how many months I go without seeing her, our friendship never fades away.

We could not talk for a entire year but then meet and it is as if we never were away from each other.

We had such a good time this time.

< I am not a hockey fan, it was just cold.

I went to Canada in the middle of summer but at night it was quite cold. I remember Canada to be so much warmer.

In fact, I remember Japan to be so much warmer.

I have been waiting 6 years to have a nice warm summer. I feel like every year the weather is not hot enough for me...lol. No matter where I go.



The food is what I missed the most in Canada. Though the portions are extremely big and the quality of a lot of things is not as good as Japan. There still is some things you just can't find here that is good in Canada.

Like rare sushi styles, decorated with many toppings. Or super healthy "trendy foods", such as kale salad with goat cheese and hemp seeds. These types of things are good but it is really expensive and the quantity was enough for a month.

Well, Hope to go to Canada next year ^^





Nov 27, 2017

Praying outside in Japan..literally outside

Japan is not a Muslim country, so mosques are limited.  As Muslims, you pray 5 times a day.

The purple carpet you see in this picture is a Islamic prayer mat. You place it on the ground when you pray.

I also have a plastic pocket prayer mat, for when I am not at home. I carry it in my purse at all times.

Muslims can pray inside a mosque, but if a mosque is not nearby then where in Japan do we pray....and what do Japanese people have to say about people praying in public??

Well first of all, there ARE some public prayer spaces, which are not mosques, but simple rented out rooms, additions to toilets or little spaces off to the side of restaurants that will let you pray.

In this blog, I am only going to talk to you about where I usually pray and how people act.

The best place to pray is in a park. There are plenty of parks across Japan, no matter where you go you can find a nice green space to pray.

I find myself often praying in bicycle parking lots. This is simply because I am shy and usually parks are full of people, or I am simply too far away from a park and come across a parking lot before I can find a park.

No matter what time I pray though, no matter how little people are around or how out of the way I think I am. ALWAYS someone comes at the last moment and has to walk through or to where I am. It happened to me 3 times where a woman came. They usually say nothing but I always wonder if I scared them or something.

I got used to praying in public but I always wonder what people think when they see someone praying. The only interaction I ever had with someone was a woman who didn't want to pull out her bike, maybe because she didn't want to make noise. So she waited. It was only about 30 seconds till I was done and I quickly said "I am sorry" and she said "oh no take your time".

One time I was praying in Yoyogi park and a homeless man came near me and my friend and started setting up his home for the night. No interaction. No strange looks.

I must have prayed outside at least 25 times and I never had anyone laughing at me or taking pictures...yet. Thankfully.  Though I do feel like people look and wonder what I am doing, and once they realize it maybe they just continue on with their day.

Kanadajin3 Goes to AKITA



This is me and the REAL Hachiko. You know Hachiko dog is Akitaken, which is Japanese dog native to Akita. Akita is a prefecture in northern Japan.

Akita doesn't have large population
The kanji mean 秋田 FALL, Rice field

I love Akita. It was amazing. But one thing I learned....You Really need a car to get around.
I went during sakura season which is the start of May. The Sakura were really amazing. It makes you not ever want to stay in Tokyo for Sakura season because outside of Tokyo just has so much better things to see when it comes to Sakura.

This is not a temple btw. It is someones HOUSE!


The first thing I noticed in the small city of Kakunodate, was that all buildings and signs were old style. 7/11, post office, banks and police stations all had a old samurai style to it.

It is because Kakunodate is actually a old samurai city. Along the walk through the Shidarezakura (weeping sakura), you walked through a samurai village.

I honestly recommend you check out the Shidarezakura in Kakunodate because it was really good.



Thats not all Akita has to offer.  In May in the mountains it is still snowing. I went on a bus to Tamagawa onsen, Japans most acidic onsen. Sadly, the video failed because

1. There are two tamagawa onsen bus stops, I thought there were 15 min walk apart...but because it was snowing the path was covered and its actually 1 hour walk away so we had no time to enter the REAL tamagawa onsen, we only went to the new tamagawa onsen. I will be back though....someday...

The lake you see above was the most beautiful lake view I have ever seen in all of Japan. It was so blue. The picture doesn't even capture the beauty. It is not a famous lake either, it was literally a random lake on the bus ride towards Tamagawa onsen.