So as most of you know I was born in Canada and immigrated to Japan in 2011. I decided a few years ago I wanted to live here forever and I have also decided over a year ago that November I will become Japanese.
I often get these odd comments on my channel saying that I must "hate Canada in order to give up my citizenship" (required by Japanese law to become Japanese) . I think its silly. Why does one hate a country if they chose to live in another? We are not bound to like our birth countries, and living in another simply doesn't mean we don't like the other. I even made a video laughing at all the odd comments I get where people think I hate Canada. If it isn't already obvious, I don't.
In fact, I never once in my life disliked living in Canada. I consider myself a person who was a very patriotic person living in Canada. Heck, my user name on YouTube which I chosen while still living in Canada was "Canadian 3".
I find it quite an odd thing that there are people who bound people to countries or citizenship as if its any more important than a city or street they lived on. If you can move around freely in your own country without being called a CITY HATER!!! Then why do people do it with countries? And at the end of the day what IS wrong with disliking a country you were born in? You didn't chose to be born there. Its inevitable.
Whats even more funny is those who think I think higher of Japan, think I am better cause I live here, and that everything about Japan is better than the rest of the world. lol.
These people haven't watched a single video of mine have they....
I think = of ALL countries. Just like one can have their own likes in music and food, one can have their own preferences in where they want to live.
Never have I once thought "sure glad to get away from Canada". Till now :/
Last time I went there, sure things were weird. I have got so used to Japan that Canada is completely foreign. Their ideas, style, thinking way is soooo different I couldn't live in such society. Jee, the simplest things mind boggled me, such as the "its okay to blast music during the day" to "casually chatting with customer while other customers are lined up and no sorry" to "you don't scream EXCUSE ME to the waiters"....honestly that last one......I can't even understand how western people expect the waiter to come because I can't even REMEMBER what I used to do. It is so normal to raise hand and say EXCUSE ME! across the room that I can't remember any other way of life.
But all culture differences aside. Its the chaos that makes me truly proud not to live there.
This whole Trump stuff going on. The fact that some insane racist person is even on the stand to become president... God when I lived in Canada Obama won with his uniting speech of what the American people CAN do. And Trumps speeches seem to be about locking up Muslims, building walls and shoving out immigrants. I know that American president doesn't control Canada but the western views is very tied together and Trump very well would influence how the actual people in Canada act and the very thought of being so close to such society freaks me out.
Social Justice warrior and "trigger warnings" thing going on. When I lived in Canada, Feminism wasn't a thing. In fact, meeting many people from Europe when moving to Japan, I was shocked at how sexist they thought Canada was. In Canada its very similar to Japan except instead of a "stay at home mom" its called a "housewife". And instead of sitting on the couch and expecting the husband or kids to help clean and heating up an instant meal, shes spending hours cooking and cleaning daily. And no, I don't mean to bash on westerners, its a culture difference and I am looking at it from a Japanese point of view.
Oh wait should I have added a trigger warning.....forgive me, I aint from around here I dono how to use these things.....
Anyways, watching these viral videos about crazy feminists, crazy anti cultural appropriation nazis ect, made me very confused. I thought to myself.......is this stuff really going on? How is this a thing? What the hell happened to the Canada I used to live in??!!
I asked around with some of my Canadian friends and low and beyond. It is a thing.
Looking at it from the standpoint of someone who doesn't live there, it really looks chaotic.
You got millions of people screaming racist slurs and saying to ban religions, ban immigrants etc. And another group screaming that men are bad and just saying hello to a women is sexist or clapping near someone....yeah clapping is bad......
What happened to the country I was born in. Bleh.
Never been so proud to live in Japan till now.
Well thats just what I have been thinking of, I will leave this post with fun memorial pictures of me living in Canada.
Bonus pic ^^ This is the life humans should return to really. Hunting, Fishing and gathering your own stuff ~ I sure might not be able to live in the whack Canadian society. But I would trade Canadian wilderness over Japanese wildness ANYDAY <3