Comparing Canada & Japan

After a year of living in Japan I decided to make a return back to Canada to see my family for Christmas.

Here are some of the differences I noticed in Canada

Girls have more curves and like to reveal them. Just about every girl I see wears tight fitting jeans and low cut shirts, the avg. cup size must be two sizes bigger. In Japan women usually dress conservatively and especially enjoy short skirts and brand names. Young Japanese women are very high maintenance.

Service in Canada can’t compare to the service in Japan. I waited 30 min. at Taco Bell for a #2 with chicken. After I got it, it was cold. This is unimaginable in Japan.

Nobody wears suits. Including every city outside of Japan that I’ve visited so far on this trip back, I haven’t yet seen one person wearing a suit. But, in the land of the rising sun 4/5 men on the train are wearing suits and many women wear office lady uniforms.

You can pay with an debit or credit card anywhere. But this is only doable at major department stores in Japan.

Food is so big and cheap. Go to the grocery store and you can buy 4L of milk, 2L of coke, big ass vegetables and boxes of cereal, 200 tablets of Tylenol for $10… Deodorant! In Japan fruits and vegetables are half the size for double the price.

Ethnic diversity. So many colors of people—we truly do have a cultural mosaic and I think we work hard at trying to integrate our cultures together. Not Japan.

Homes have central heating. Inside is warm and cozy, while outside is cold during winter. It’s perfect for relaxing and watching TV or getting naked with your significant other. Japanese prefer space heaters and air conditioners, which by my standards, are expensive and inefficient.

People have free time. Everybody seems to have lots of time to relax and to do the things they like. The laid back lifestyle and normal work schedule has everybody happy, well rested and sociable. 60 hours/week at work is not rare in Japan.

People are fat. People of all ages are fat, at least by Japanese standards. I’ve lost weight (and maybe even height) since I’ve been in Japan. In Canada it’s not rare for 6th graders to be heavier than I am. Japanese are usually lean and slender, even after they pass their middle ages.

Everybody is direct and open with each other. After a year of living in Japan, I’ve gotten to know many different people. A high ratio of young to middle-age Japanese are nervously timid. But, I’m sure they think Canadians are fat and lazy.


4 thoughts on “Comparing Canada & Japan

  1. Word. I've spent 11 months and 3 days in this country and I couldn't agree more. For better or worse, living in Japan is an incredibly unique experience. Other casual observations…
    -smoking is omnipresennt
    -social responsibility is very high; allowing for cigarette vending machines. also, you never get carded buying alcohol.
    -people can drink on the street but there are never broken bottles or fights
    -there are NEVER fights
    -there is very little theft (sans bike theft)
    -lastly, perversion is rampant. from the “chikan” on the train to people reading porn mags in the convenience store.

    on that last one, here's a true story from monday morning 3 am. we finished playing cards and went to coco ichi to get some curry rice. after finishing our meal my friend went to the bathroom. as he entered the bathroom he was greeted my a man, trousers to his ankles, jerkin' it. honestly, I can't say this story shocks me. welcome to Japan


  2. That reminds me of when I'm at an internet cafe and the person next to me is mesmerized by censored porn. Maybe because their porn is censored it's acceptable in public. As for myself, I prefer looking at the hardcore in private.


  3. My favourites:
    – “the avg. cup size must be 2 sizes bigger.” But remember that gravity is a bitch when they are naked.
    – “Deodorant!”
    – “Nobody wears suits.” Apart from the financial district.
    – “Homes have central heating.” My mother's house is 1500 square feet, all of it comfortable, of course.
    – “People have free time.” Well, they waste a lot of time driving and mowing lawns…
    – “Everybody is direct and open with each other.” Yes, even when you wish they'd bugger off. Maybe that is my British half, but I do not care if a stanger has had a good, or bad, day. I just want a civil interaction. Hmmm… I knew there was something about Japan.


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