Dec 24, 2012

Christmas in Japan

Christmas is celebrated differently around the world (well of course they do it differently). We have Christmas in Japan, it is very different from Canada. Here is how Christmas goes in Japan.

First of all, In Japan there is no days off on Christmas.

The 24th is usually considered Christmas. In reality there is no official day in Japan, so most people consider 24th to be special. It is the special day where people may participate in a variety of events. Christmas is a fun decoration time with small events that take place during that time. In the reality, its a time where companies have a chance to make money.

In Japan, サンタさん SANTA SAN (Santa) still comes but he usually only gives a gift to children or couples. And the biggest difference is you only get 1 present.

クリスマスケーキ KURISUMASU KEEKI (Christmas cake). In Japan, we eat cake on Christmas. This is probably the biggest part of the holiday in Japan. When people think of Christmas in Japan, they think of Cake. People spend big bucks on cake the cheapest cake runs at around 20$ and people spend anywhere up and over 100$, just for a cake. Cake is needed.



If you don't know, Japanese people love their sweets. Foreign people are stereotyped as loving sweets, but Japanese consume way more sweets. There are cake shops and special cookie shops everywhere.


ケンタ KENTA (Kentucky fried chicken) is another thing that is popular on Christmas in Japan. Trying to get chicken on this day can be impossible for some if you didn't make a reservation. You will see people lining up for a piece of chicken.

NOTE: The menu changes on Christmas as well, You can't get regular crispy chicken. It is Christmas prices and Christmas style BBQ chicken piece.


Grocery stores also start selling Christmas plates of special foods that are common at Christmas. Which are usually Chicken and vegetable bento boxes with a nice Christmas design on the box.


Outside you will see イルミネーション IRUMINEESHON (lights) around Japan. Japan goes over-board with the whole Christmas lights thing. It is almost like a festival or a competition.

They can be found outside regular malls and stations, but there are designated areas where huge demonstrations are.


When it comes to decorations, almost every store and shopping mall will be full of Christmas themed stuff. Some people decorate their house on the outside (not usually the inside). Even Christmas trees are put outside. You can see them on someones front porch.

Love hotels (hotels where you go to have sex with your bf/gf at) are usually packed around Christmas time. It is seen as not only a kids holiday, but a couples holiday.

For this reason many theme parks such as Disney land have special Christmas time themed stuff. You will see lots of nice commercials for nice date spots for Christmas.

As for Christmas songs, You know its Christmas time when the number one Christmas song plays Last christmas.   If you live in Japan, this song will be the only song you can think of at Christmas (because it plays everywhere).


So enjoy Christmas in Japan.
With your one present, Christmas cake, KFC and you can sing Last Christmas. You can do it all at once even. Why not go to Christmas Karaoke?


Heres an Extra video about how My christmas was in Japan, and video that I took around Japan on Christmas

 


Dec 15, 2012

Crazy Christian Japanese Power English Mom

What a insane title.

I had no other way to put it other than that so you can understand a general summarization of this crazy person.

This is a story of 1 year ago that I had just recently remembered and decided to talk about now.


((NOTE ABOUT RELIGION IN JAPAN))

Most people in Japan are atheist. Japan is a Buddhist society, with cultural customs based on Buddhism. However, as for actually believing in a heaven or god, they do not. Most of the people do nothing and believe nothing. Understand the world was created by evolution etc. blablabla. (btw I am also an atheist)

((NOTE END))


I once got offered a English babysitting position, as a private tutor for a young little boy.

The mother told me the little boy is named Micheal....

In Japan, Japanese people usually have Japanese names. I thought this kid was either a white kid, or a half Japanese kid. If you don't have a Japanese name in Japan I think all Japanese people will suddenly think the person is either a foreigner or a half Japanese kid.

Me and the people I was living with at the time (my ex family in law), all discussed the possibilities as to why this kid doesn't speak English or why his parent doesn't teach their own kid English (after all he has a English name). They also thought it was strange that he had an English name.


The day comes to meet them, I meet them in a Rich area of downtown at the station. To my surprise a woman and a little Japanese boy approach me.

I was a little surprised that the boy was full Japanese, not half, yet he has a English name....that is so strange in Japan (this kid must be bullied).

We walked towards their house and the mother kept talking to her son in English trying to get him to introduce himself, but he didn't talk. I guess he was shy. I didn't think anything strange of them at first.

When we got to her house I tried speaking to him in English but he didn't repsond at all. I thoght he must have just been a shy little boy til finnaly he yelled to his mom,

""母ちゃん意味が分からない""  Mom I can't understand!!!

She then said in Japanese to him, "It is time to learn English so go play with the new teacher". 

It turns out. The kid doesn't even speak a word of English, AT ALL! . She explained to me what she is trying to teach him English but he doesn't understand it. She said she has had multiple English teachers for him, but he doesn't like learning English with them.

In her house she had a spare room used to teach English. She told me to go in there and play English games and basically do whatever as long as I was speaking English.

I tried. But really. Like I said, the kid doesn't understand English. I tried to play games with him and he just didn't understand what I was saying, nor did he look interested at all. He wante to play with me, but he wanted to play speaking Japanese. He really seemed like he hated English.

I understood that in the first 5 mins, She was forcing him to learn English, and he didn't want to (poor kid).

He would get so frustrated and he would get up crying and start saying to his mom in Japanese ""I hate English I just want to pay in Japanese"".

It was so awkward to me, I was left alone in a room while they fought for about a hour about him having to learn English.

After the lesson time was over we ate lunch. Again the mother was pressuring the boy to speak English words, he clearly had no idea what she was even telling him to do. He didn't understand anything except for the colours and numbers. Even with English colours and numbers it seemed as if he had just learnt them (even though he had been studying for 2 years).

This is a sign that someone just doesn't want to learn, Has no interest at all.


Before it was time to leave I asked the Mom,


""Was he born in America?""

""No he was born in Japan. Why?""

""Oh why is his name Micheal?""

""We are Christian""

"".............""

""Micheal is a Christian name, what is your Christian name?""

""......!!""


I am sorry. I have nothing against someone who wants to believe a religion. Go ahead. But to name your child a English name because you think it is so special in your religion...is just strange. It is even more strange to do this in Japan. You might find it hard to believe if you come from a place like Canada; where any name is OK and if you have a strange name people might think it is cool.

In Japan, this kid is probably bullied. He is not a half Japanese, but every time someone hears his name they must ask him if he is a gaijin every time. It is so normal in Japan to want to fit in as much as you can. If he has such a non-Japanese name he must be bullied. My friends said it, and my friends parents all said it. When he gets older it will follow him everywhere he goes. He will be thought of as a half Japanese or a non-Japanese and when they find out he is Japanese, Alot of people might think its weird. 

Poor kid.

The next 3 lessons after that it was the same thing. The kid would tell me in Japanese ""I hate learning English but my mom makes me learn"". After that she stopped making me come there because she thought I was not a good teacher and went off to find another one (I was the 5th teacher she has had for him).


Dear parents:  Don't force your kids to lean crap they don't want to learn. If people don't want to learn, they wont learn.

Dec 11, 2012

Surviving winter in Japan

As you may know, I come from Canada, which is world known for being the large snow covered cold Iceland north of the United states.

You would assume, A Canadian coming from such a cold place would have nothing to do but complain about the hot weather in Japan (which every other gaijin complains about) and then you would assume that being Canadian, winter is not so bad, right?

Wrong.

I have lived and been all over the place between Sault ste Marie, Ontario all the way down to Toronto and I can say, Toronto is way colder.

Even though the actual temperatures in Ontario, reach much lower numbers than in Tokyo, It still feels colder in Tokyo.

It was only 11C outside yesterday and I felt like my hands were going to fall off.  This is the kind of weather that in Ontario, people only wear a sweater or a light jacket out.  I believe the reason why it appears colder in Tokyo is; it is so dry.

The wind is so cold, the air is so dry so it feels painful on your skin when you go outside.






If you are coming to live in Japan there are some things you need to know about winter. The weather varies from north to south (duh). Hokkaido gets lots of snow. Okinawa gets no snow and is always hot.  Other regions of Japan from Tokyo and south may never get snow, or only get snow once or twice in the winter.


Another thing that I found interesting that happens in the winter time in Tokyo, it doesn't even rain. It is sunny every single day. Last year it was 32 days with no rain or snow, then it finally snowed.  This is why it is so dry.


Houses in Japan do not have a central heating system (except for northern areas)


So that means fellow Tokyo-jins will be relying on your best friend all winter, the heater. In Japan, air conditioners are also built with a heating function.

If you are lucky you have one of these already installed and you wont have to pay thousands of dollars to buy one.

Even more lucky is if you have a timer set on it (this way you can turn it on and off without having to actually be around it)


In Japan, another popular type of heater is the kerosene/gas or oil heaters. These will probably be the most scary as they could explode and they give off a strange smell. They are however still used (often by older people).


Then there is the Electric heater, which is just as dangerous and visually scary. If you have never seen one, it is basically like a stove element glowing hot red magma colour.

If you have any heater in Japan that doesn't have a turn off timer you MUST TURN IT OFF BEFORE BED!


The number one cause of fires in Japan is due to forgetting to turn off a heater, or leaving the heater on at night time while you are sleeping. It is so dry in the winter that if a house catches fire it can easily burn.

So what you do before bed, is you turn off your heater and freeze till morning. Then you can turn it back on again. Its important to sleep with a lot of layers of clothing and blankets to make sure you don't die get too cold.

Another thing that is very common and useful in the winter are カイロ KAIRO  which are hand warmers.  A popular brand is ホカロン HOKARON.
These hot pads work wonders at night. What Japanese people usually do is stick one of them on their belly to keep it warm at night. You must stick it on your clothing because it is too hot to stick directly on your body.


((RANDOM JAPANESE MYTH - Many Japanese people believe that if you don't keep your stomach warm while you sleep, you will get diarrhea. For this reason you may notice many Japanese people sleep with a hot pad or a blanket covering their belly (even in the summer time).))


Last thing I am going to talk about is the 炬燵 kotatsu. You might have heard of it, it is the table with a blanket that hangs over it that has a heater under it to keep you your legs warm.

Similar to the fire ball of death electric heater, the underside of most models appears like this. A lot of gaijin seem to enjoy this invention and praise it. I however don't see the meaning of it.

It only warms your legs (so what about the rest of your body).  Spending all that electricity just to warm half your body doesn't seem very logical.


People should realise that if you put your legs under a blanket that your body heat will get trapped under there anyways and keep them warm (without the need of any heat source).  Aside from that, it seems extremely dangerous that at any given time, you could accidentally move your leg the wrong way (especially if you are a fidgety person like I) and burn your self.

Well guys, what do you think?

Dec 3, 2012

Japanese steak....yeah its just yakiniku

Some Japanese people are surprised hearing that I am a westerner and have never had steak before. I mean, I have seen steak and watched other people eat it. I just never remember ever trying it.

Steak is something in Ontario that usually only people eat on a special occasion. Its also usually only classified as a mans meal, something I picture a man eating for dinner with his boss or man friends. Its also really expensive, so no wonder why its reserved for special time. Hey what about you guys? Do you eat steak often?

Anyways, A few days ago I went to a very famous steak restaurant in Japan, sorry I forgot the name. It is extremely expensive, high end and fancy. Since it was steak I figured it would be just like western steak (Waiter walks over and plops down a plate with a large hunk of meat placed on it, small sprinkles of pepper and steak spices).


 The first thing they brought us was Salad and Tofu in soup. It was SO GOOD!. I was extremely surprised at the quality of ingredients. The soup even had Yuzu in it. The salad had some raw lotus root in it, which I also love very much.


 One thing that can be pretty common in Japan is they usually cook the food in front of you. This is something some westerners find strange but its one of the best ideas. Now you can see actually what they are doing with your food and make sure they don't spit on it




 The chef comes to your table, asks you how you want your food done and then prepares it right in front of your eyes. We asked for medium rare steak and he began to prepare it. He asked us of we wanted bread or rice (In Japan everyone eats either bread or rice with EVERY meal, If you don't eat one of these its seen as strange).

After the steak was done cooking the chef cut it into small pieces and divided it into 3 (there was 3 people) and he put it on our plates. He then gave us two kinds of sea salt (French and German) and pepper to put on our steak. As well as dipping sauce? to dip it.  As soon as this happened I started to think....This is yakiniku.



 Yakiniku 焼肉 is much cheaper meat that is prepared over a fire instead of a fry pan. and is in small bite sized pieces. You dip it in different kinds of dipping sauce and its really good. This steak was made out of the same meat and tasted the same. Except the only difference was the cost of the steak...  8000円(80$!)




Nov 27, 2012

The shibuya gaijin sex seeker

This happened a few weeks ago but I decided to tell the story. I decided to draw a picture of this guy so that you can almost picture what is going on. Enjoy.


So here we have someone who I will call 'the Shibuya Gaijin sex seeker'.  Me and my friend, D-chan were hanging outside of shibuya station getting ready to go home. Along came this English speaking Japanese freak guy. He said he was bored because his friends had to go home (or they probably escaped from his ass)

My friend D-chan knew something was up, she kept whispering to me "he looks dirty lets get out of here". Of course I didn't want to be rude and just leave so suddenly (I am not the type of person to just do those things).

We really didn't want to hang out with him so instead I said we would hang out another day (lie) and maybe we would come back later (lie). We said this to make our escape seem less blunt and obvious, if he was a crazy person or something maybe we thought he would get angry if we directly said we didn't want to hang out with him. This person also wasn't very good at understanding the atmosphere (kuuki yomenai hito), as you say in Japanese.

We left and went somewhere else and sat down playing on our phones for a while before we went home. We didn't see him again.

However, suddenly a few days later I got a email from someone on my phone. I thought it was very strange because I don't know how he got my email. Thinking about it he must have seen it at some point where I opened my phone. My email is really short and easy to remember, so he must have seen it when we were talking to him, or he must have followed us and seen it when we were sitting down!!

He didn't seem like a creep at the time, but rather just someone who wanted to keep up his English skills (which I am not interested in hanging out with). I kept ignoring him and telling him I was busy, hoping he would go away. I didn't want to tell him directly that I wasn't interested because something my personality can't do. Instead I hoped he would understand by my words that I wasn't interested (which he never understood).

About a month later, he was still insisting on meeting me, so one evening I finally said fine. Maybe I thought I shouldn't judge him so much, maybe he is a nice person. Its not like I had anything better to do that evening and after all if he ends up being a creep, at least I get a free meal. :/

I told him IF he wanted to hang out with me, he only has 3 hours till my ex husband comes home. He had to come ALL the way to my end of town (2 hour train away from him). I thought if I gave him these cercumstances, he wouldn't want to bother.

But he agreed. And this is how the evening went,

"Are you thirsty, Shall we get something to drink??"

Yes, I nodded. I wondered where he would take me for a drink. Maybe Starbucks since it is the closest drink store.

.....oh whats that...We enter McDonald's... Oh ok. I guess I can get a Cola...

"Oh....McDonald's water...oh you shouldn't have"...(should have just told me to drink out of a tap in the bathroom while you wait for me outside!)


Next he lead me to a rock where we could sit and talk. We started talking about how I got to Japan and other chit chat.

We were just talking about traveling, when suddenly he asked to see my hand. This was his stupid corny way of saying he wanted to hold my hand. 

"Sorry. I am not interested in displaying public affection. You fucking creep!"

I was shocked that he was so quick to advance on me, in public too!.  I mean trying to hold someones hand you just met and someone who was married. Our previous conversations had no reason for him to believe that I was interested in anything with him.

He began to ask me questions about himself 'do I think he is cool/handsome etc'. I kept giving him the cold shoulder, telling him It didn't matter and that I was only interested in making friends. I kept making it very obvious that I wasn't interested in speaking about these kinds of things, then changing the subject to something else.

The next part of the situation, I can't even believe this happened.


Is this guy crazy or something? Who ever mentioned sex? We went from him, trying to hold me hand, to me rejecting that and telling him I wasn't interested at all. Then he tried to sell me the opportunity to sleep with him. I told him I was married and not interested at all, expressing full on confusion as to why the even would mention such things. The last thing he said was something like this.


"I know you are probably just used to Japanese guys flopping around on top of you for 1 min till they are done, But I always make sure I take time to satisfy the girl before I satisfy myself...."

*Mira stairs* (omg is this idiot actually saying this?)




He then proceeds to tell me that all Japanese girls meet him and want to sleep him (yeah, I highly doubt that).  If there are actual girls that sleep with this crazy freak, I am sure they are hookers.

I had no idea what to say to him. I had no idea if I should leave now. It was too entertaining at this point. The whole time I was thinking I can't wait to tell my friends about this weirdo!.  I couldn't even believe someone could be so aggressive and upfront about things even after being rejected so many times. I couldn't stop laughing in my head.

Since he was getting nowhere he decided to try to impress me by taking me to karaoke so he could rape me. I at first rejected it telling him straight up,

"If we go inside, I am still not going to kiss you".

He insisted that he wasn't interested in kissing me if I just wanted to be friends and he just wanted to hear me sing. He said he wont bother to hit on me anymore and he begged me for just one song. I thought what the hell, might as well.

When we got inside I showed no interest in him but only interest in the songs and singing. It only took him another 5 mins of the night to realise he was not getting some action (Slow or what?). After he realised I wasn't going to give him any loving, he stopped talking, refused to sing and eventually he CANCELED the karaoke (so now we only have 30 mins to sing instead of hour he originally requested). What a baby. I told him before and during that I wasn't interested, yet he kept trying.

As soon as he did that I told him I have to go home. He insisted on following me back to my station which I rejected. I made it very obvious that I wasn't interested in him. I was acting angry and cold at him. When it was time for him to part and get on his train he even attempted to kiss me goodbye but I ducked away, then he tryed to hug me (eww).   As soon as he left I pulled out my phone and called up D-chan telling her all about what just happened.

He tried to contact me a few times after but I ignored so he gave up (finally).

Nov 23, 2012

The gaijin nose



I once saw the gaijin nose in a advertisement, which can be found on youtube in this video.

It is a commercial for some sort of travel company in Japan that shows a scene of a couple on the beach. They state either that the building they are looking at looks like it comes from the 外国 gaikoku (foreign country), or they say it looks like they live in the foreign land (My Japanese is not perfect).



Then it just gets ignorant and offensive. The next frame you can see them wearing blond wigs and the gaijin nose, speaking in a stereotypical foreign accent of someone who can't speak Japanese and say 'Tomorrow we should go to the onsen'.

Its not surprising that Japan has commercials or advertisements that are offencive to a certain ethnic group. Like the many racist ads that have come out in the English speaking word, from Nike, KFC, McDonald's  etc.



One day I found this in ドンキホーテ (DONKIHOOTE - a store) when I was shopping for a Halloween costume. It kind of shocked me that they are still selling this crap. The ad originally came out years ago and it seems this stupid toy doesn't go away.

A huge ass ugly nose and two paper sticker unnaturally blue florescent eyes (Clearly alien eyes).

If you can't read Japanese it says ハーイ外国人デス  haai gaikokujin desu (Hey, I am foreigner).

Aside from the fact that its offencive and stupid. What kind of idiot would even buy this or wear it?

Does anyone actually buy this??



Here is another toy (of similar nature) that either came from America or the UK (I am not sure).  I wonder if the Japanese creators of the foreigner toy got their idea from this?

Nov 18, 2012

The many Japanese Kit Kat flavors

Recently my boyfriend went on a business trip to Hiroshima and when he asked me what omiyage お土産 (souvenir) he should bring back for me, I quickly replied KIT KATS! ヾ(◉ฺ∀◉ฺ。)

Now why in the world would I want someone to bring me back Kit Kats on a trip back from another city? Well the reason is, In Hiroshima you can find the limited edition region only kit kats (different flavors!).

If you don't already know, Japan ranks number 1 in most variety of flavors of many things (Pepsi, Kit Kat). In Canada, we are lucky if we get a new flavor of Doritos every few years. However in Japan a new flavor comes out almost every month.

             Ice cucumber pepsi                                   Wasabi Kit Kat

The constant change of flavors can be a good thing and a bad thing. Its good that you look forward to a new flavor to try, it keeps the buyers hungry. On the downside it makes it hard to get flavors that you really love, because they are limited edition. This is called kikan gentei 期間限定.

Not only as a whole country do the flavors change, but certain flavors are only available in different areas of the country (Thats why I asked him to get me Hiroshima Kit Kat bars).

                       Golden citrus blend (mikan, lemon and sudachi)

Kit Kats are so popular in Japan to give away as gifts, that they are available at most air ports. So its actually not abnormal to receive a special region only kit Kat bar as a omiyage.

In Japan there are more than 200 different flavors of Kit Kat bar, some interesting ones include,

Azuki bean

Aloe Vera yogurt 

Potato

Soy sauce


These flavors might sound shocking and strange to you (soy sauce?! how can that be good right?). As strange as some of the flavors might sound, they are not all that bad. A lot of the strange flavors are actually quite good, but it really depends on your tongue.


Doritos in Japan also has their fair share of interesting flavors. Here we have coconut curry flavor.

If you didn't already know karee カレー (curry) is very popular in Japan. It is as part of Japanese cuisine as spaghetti is part of American cuisine.

In Canada, Many people have never even tried curry, yet claim that it is disgusting.
カレーはちょー美味しい何言ってんの? (curry is delicious, wtf are you saying?)

Don't knock it till you try it guys ^^.


Nov 15, 2012

My first few months in Japan


I never really made a video or talked about my first few months in Japan. I was too busy enjoying my time (and I didn't have a properly camera) so I couldn't make many videos of what I did. I did take a lot of pictures thought that I thought I should share with you guys.

The first thing I did in Japan (thankfully) is get my hair cut at a REAL hairdresser. In my whole life, I have never been to a real hair dresser. I have been to a person who cuts hair, but that person is shit not skilled. In Canada, just about anyone off the street can work as a hairdresser. I mean sure there are good beauty salons (for Canadian standards), but when it comes to Japan, Japan ranks number 1 in hair care.

My ex-husbands friend was a biyoushi 美容師 (hair dresser) so I was lucky enough to get a discount. In Japan getting your hair cut may seem expensive to foreigners, as in countries like Canada (where a haircut can cost as little as 5$) are not used to paying extra for care on their bodies. In Japan, people care in detail about their hair. Hair is considered the important part and something that should be handled by professionals. This is the main reason why 99% of people get their hair cut at a professional, and 95% of people will dye their hair at a professional.



Its hard to understand how truly amazing my hair became after the transformation. Before my hair had dead ends, dry, frizzy, terrible un-even style...just hidoi ひどい (terrible) . We only paid 6000円 ($60) for the package, which included washing, dyeing, straightening, cutting, treatment and styling. The REAL total was actually 2万6000円 ($260) .




When I first arrived in Japan I staid with my ex-parents in law in their house for 5 months of hell.  It was a nice area, close to a very popular train station, and I could see fujisan from the living room window every morning and evening.


The very first friend I made in Japan is this girl here. Shes actually married to the biyoushi that cut my hair. She has a 3 year old son who is very cute. She also is a professional nail artist. (Since I got divorced) I no longer talk to her anymore but we had lots of fun together. If you can see the watch she is wearing, that is called GAGA MIRANO ガガミラノ and its a fucking expensive brand of watch that I really want. I have decided that someday I will actually go out and buy it (once I save up $3000 T-T) .




When coming to Japan everything seemed so new and fresh. Everything became interesting. I wanted to take pictures of almost every building that I passed. I am sure this a feeling that everyone gets when they move here, but I can assure you its a feeling that fades (to a extent) .



The last picture I will leave you with is the first Japanese restaurant that I went to. This is the first time I ate cold soba (and the last time). I HATE cold noodles. I knew before I even tried the cold soba that I would not like it.  Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE soba, but I hate cold soba. In Japan, in the summer time it is common to eat things that are supposed to be hot, cold.


Nov 13, 2012

Yes, I cook normal Japanese food

One of the most annoying things I have experienced in Japan is constantly getting the same reaction as to the type of food I cook at home. When I used to work for the English cafe, I would get customers asking personal questions about what I do in my daily life. When the topic of food was brought up, they would always ask

'What kind of food do you cook?'

'Normal, Regular food, Same as you'

'Like what?'

'Sunomono, Oden, Kiriboushi daikon'...(Not even able to finish naming these items)'

'へーすごいゎ WOW!!'
'日本人みたい Just like a Japanese' *(whispers to person next to them)*


No matter how hard I try, I can't understand why they are soooo surprised to hear I cook Japanese food (I LIVE IN JAPAN). It should be expected that I cook Japanese food (shouldn't it?).

Their reaction is always exactly the same (which gets boring and annoying after a while) so sometimes I play around with them a bit.

Instead of naming of regular Japanese food, I list of food from Okinawa. Surprisingly their response generally changes to,

'You must like Okinawa'

Its interesting because Okinawa is part of Japan, yet I guess cooking Okinawan food doesn't make me look like a Japanese person (Do Tokyo people not consider Okinawa part of Japan?)


After hearing the responses from this story that I made up I decided to continue this study and see what other responses I would get. The next day when they asked me, I mentioned Pizza, Spaghetti, Sausage and Cheese. These are all foods that they eat in Canada and America, so it seems that it would be an normal response from a typical Canadian person.

'Oh sounds good! I love Italian food'
'I thought she was from Canada' *(whispers to person next to them)*

They don't know that these foods are most common to eat in Canada too? I mean, sure its Italian food, but its also widely eaten in Canada. I wonder what they even think Canadian people eat?  (What is Canadian food?) Canada doesn't even have its own food. If it does, I don't know about it.


[[EDUCATIONAL BIT]]

In Canada the food may vary depending on the location (Canada is huge) and family. In general though, the most common dishes include  Pizza, Spaghetti, Hamburgers, Chicken, Soup, Fish, Corn (and other veggies), Tacos, Cabbage rolls, Pierogies and French fries. (Just naming a few).

Foods that originated from Canada are

Maple syrup : First harvested from Maple trees by the Native people of Canada.

Poutine: Originated from Quebec (the french part of Canada) but is commonly found in Ontario and surrounding provinces (I am not sure about western Canada if they eat this). This is a dish made form Fries covered in gravy and chunks of cheese.

Butter tart: (I had no idea this was Canadian) Is a tart full of a mixture of butter sugar and syrup, usually topped with nuts.

[[EDUCATION ENDS HERE]]


Getting back on track here..

I think what are the two main things Canada is known for in Japan. Snow and Maple syrup.

'I eat lots of snow covered in maple syrup.'

'Ohh I would love to try Canadian food'
'カナダ人だからね Because shes a Canadian eh!' 
*(blurts out to the people around)*

*Palm face*

Japanese sushi VS western sushi

Many Japanese people that I have met that have traveled to Canada and abroad always claim that 'Japanese sushi is FAR better'.  This is a statement I really don't like, the reason being is I know there is no right or wrong answer in this situation. It is all based off opinion and personal experience.

I mean, all TAKOYAKI that I have ate in Japan so far is shit, but I am not going to go out on a limb and say 'Canadian takoyaki is far better than Japanese'.

The main things that are different when it comes to sushi are,

- How people eat it
- The cost (duh)
- Different varieties available


In Japan, It is less likely to find such sushi types such as California rolls, New york rolls, Spider maki, Dynamite rolls, Crispy tuna, Spicy tuna and so on. These are western inventions and are not common in Japan (but can be found).

In Japan, sushi restaurants don't usually sell all the extras such as Tempura and udon noodles like most western restaurants do. In Western sushi restaurants it is usually a mix of other Japanese foods packed into one (and sometimes its a Japanese/Korean restaurant, or even worse, No-named-random-Asian-mix-invention restaurant where the dishes are all mixed origin and usually just labeled as 'asian food').

In Japan, its traditional to eat sushi with your hands (still practiced today in some traditional style restaurants or by some people), but in the west this is generally considered rude.  Oppositely, In western countries it is fairly normal to pick up tempura and eat it with your hand (This is a no-no in Japan).


Another no-no in Japan is dipping UNAGI SUSHI or INARIZUSHI in soysauce. In western countries theres no rules or tradition as to how you eat your Japanese food. In Japan, items that already have sauce on it are not supposed to be dipped. Part of the reason is due to the fact that the sauce will mix with your soysauce (causing you to explode) and the other part is it is just not the way things are supposed to be done. These sushi are supposed to be eaten SONO MAMA そのまま (The way it is).

As for quality of fish, that really depends on where you go. Its ignorant for people to say that Japanese sushi is better, because in Japan (like other countries) they get their fish from all around (not just Japan) so its unlikely the person who is eating the fish even knows where it came from.

As for my Canadian experience, the larger cities will have the better sushi. Toronto has plenty of great sushi restaurants. I believe that the smaller cities (such as Sudbury, Ontario), have less access to good ingredients thus the sushi there usually tastes like shit is of less quality.

Nov 12, 2012

Why I started youtube

I actually have been a active youtube user since 2005. I had three different youtube accounts with 3 completely different types of activity going on.

My first account was for what I like to call 'music videos', which were just cover dance videos of me. I made three videos that gained a total of a million views. I stopped uploading videos once youtube didn't allow me to upload anymore because of COPYRIGHT violations (This is when I first learnt you can't even use someones song, even if you are not selling it T_T  ).   So I deleted that account and moved on.

The other accounts I made were different RANT video accounts, where I would complain about controversial topics (abortion, Asian penis size, racism).  I also deleted that account because nobody is interested in hearing a teen complain about random issues.

Once I was going to move to Japan with my boyfriend (whom is now my ex-husband) I thought I should start up a youtube account and make J-vlog videos about Japan (after all, that's what everyone else is doing). I really think its important to share information with other people who are interested in the same topic. I mean, watching J-vlog videos helped prepare me to go to Japan, So I thought they would for sure help other people.

So here I am now, 1 year later and still making videos. I am truly happy that my thoughts about why I should make youtube videos came true. I constantly get emails and comments from my viewers thanking me for sharing my stories. I am glad to know that my videos and information help other people. I hope when those people come to Japan, that they also do the same and help future generations of fellow travelers.


THANK YOU EVERYONE
ありがとうございます