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Canada Seems Foreign to Me

After eleven years in Japan, Canada feels like a foreign country to me. It’s familiar, but I’ve become used to Japan. Here are some things that will feel strange to me:

1. Everything is so wide open. Many wide streets, open spaces, and even significant gaps between houses.

2. Staff in shops talk to customers.

3. No temples or shrines.

4. Convenience stores aren’t convenient.

5. Less efficient public transportation system.

6. No bento, or prepared meals, in convenience stores.

7. I’ll hear and see English everywhere! A total lack of Japanese.

8. Japanese food will be different. Edo Japan is more Chinese than Japanese.

9. No variety shows on TV like Japan.

10. Toilets are in bathrooms, instead of separate rooms.

There’s more, and I’m sure I’ll be talking about them on video after we’ve moved to Canada.

Ever return to your home country after living in another country for a while and find things a bit strange? Let me know in the comments below.

Foreign Language Books Translated into English

I have a quick question for all of you. I’d like a little help.

The vast majority of the books I’ve read were written in English by English speaking authors. However,  I have encountered other countries’ books translated into English occasionally. At the moment, I’m reading The Iliad, which was written in Ancient Greek. But I don’t really have anything else other than Homer.

So, I Have a question. What are some foreign language books you’ve read that have been translated into English? Let me know in the comments below.