Comparing Canada & Japan 2

Click here for Comparing Canada & Japan Part 1.

Before you complain or criticize this post, keep in mind I’m only discussing negative things I experienced this time in Canada. There are many ways I wish Japan were more similar to Canada, but this isn’t that post. This post is more of a “Problems with Canada” post. Also, I included Canada in the title, but I will mainly be referring to Toronto, Ontario and Campbellton, New Brunswick. These cities are where I spent most of my time in July–August. When I speak of Japan, I’m mainly referring to major cities like Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo.

High Sense of Entitlement

Some people really think they deserve the best of everything, though they don’t put in any work, effort, nor show any respect to others.

Poor Etiquette

I’ve seen some really gross table manners. I’ve always been disgusted by people who lick their fingers during meals. Leaning with your elbows on the table? I don’t like it, either. Keeping your free hand under the table while you eat? Ditto. Though many Westerners cringe at the idea of Japanese people slurping noodles, I don’t think it’s that bad.

Unprofessional Service Industry Workers

I have problems with tipping. I really believe tips should be included in the price, and good service should be expected. In some stores, on several occasions, I had to interrupt staff from their Skype video chat and phone calls with friends to be served. “When you’re done updating your Facebook status, could you find me a size 9 in this shoe, please?” I don’t like it when store clerks follow me around like a puppy, either.

Goods & Food Expensive; Quality Lacking

Food can be very expensive in Japan, but you can also get decent and healthy meals for under 1,000 yen (10 dollars) with no need of tipping. 500 yen meals are common, too. In Canada, it’s more expensive and usually processed or less healthy. Most Japanese people are foodies. Most Canadians don’t share this passion.

I talked to a few Europeans who immigrated to Canada. Several complained about the quality of tools. “Even if you pay a lot, most of the tools break or don’t work properly. I never had this problem back in Scotland.” I’ve felt this way about a lot of things, too. A lot of things seem to be designed cheaply without intention of long-term use.

Other Randoms

  • English and French are the official languages, but in bigger cities like Toronto and Montreal, you may not hear them in some areas.
  • The prices have risen greatly over the last ten years, though not so much in Japan. Shopping in Canada used to be cheaper.
  • Many girls are beautiful then jump off a cliff at a certain age. For most women, it’s in their twenties. I blame diet.
  • Many love to debate and give advice on topics they barely know.

Don’t forget to check the 2006 post, Comparing Canada & Japan.


6 thoughts on “Comparing Canada & Japan 2

  1. Though I was a senior in high school at the time, I felt Canada and the USA were more different ten years ago. It seems, not only politically but socially, they have become quite similar now. None of this pertains to Quebec though.


  2. I'm with the Poutine Police. I hope they're serving something authentic, i.e., cheese curds and not processed cheese slices put on fries sans gravy.

    I would like to check that place out though. It looks beautiful.


  3. Oh I have said this one about N. Americans many times: “Many love to debate even on topics they are completely ignorant to.” If European, they'll actually know about many topics, but be a PITA. If Japanese, they may or may not know, but won't bother you with it, unless it is some drunken Oyaji and his orthodox-Nihonjinron-isms. Some day I am just going to say to the latter, “Interesting, but would you like to compare the number of Western OR Japanese women you and I have been with… without paying?”


  4. @Mr. S.
    I don't understand your argument, but if you really want to make an ignorant oyaji angry, just tell them they speak Japanese really well. “But I am JAPANESE!” “Oh, really? I thought you were Chinese.” (GASP!)


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