In Japan, you NEED rice, or some other starch in order to be considered eating a meal. Otherwise a lotta people will just think you are weird.
In Canada, there is no such thing as such rule, food is just food and its not strange to go without it.
I learned how strange people thought I was when my ex husbands family would eat with me and since I couldn't eat rice (because of benpi), I always had nothing, but they were always confused when I didn't even want bread.
I cooked for them one night and they even complained they needed at least bread,
In Japan, there are more bakeries than McDonald's. Bread stores are MAD popular in Japan, Its like its unofficially considered Japanese food.
Not just plain bread but there are many different sweet breads full of chocolate, sugar and many other things. So many different kinds and you can buy it anywhere. I have never seen such thing in Canada.
In Canada, the only time we eat bread is usually sandwich, toast or garlic bread.
In Japan, bread is snacks.
Not only that, they have crazy types of bread that I could never even imagine eating.
Such as Yakisoba bread, Butter filled
What I really like is the stores that have bread that really takes a lot of effort into the art behind making it.
If you come to Japan, I really recommend you check out a bread store.