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.