May 21, 2018

My honest opinion on KOBE BEEF

I remember having a telephone conversation with my mom a year ago that went something like this

Me: What do you want from Japan?

Mom: Can you smuggle in some Kobe beef?

Me: Why? 

Mom: It is the best meat in Japan, it is such high quality and we really need to get our hands on some of that. It would sell for 10x the price.

Everyone talks about Kobe beef. The "worlds most expensive meat". as its referred to....after doing a quick google search I am surprised to find out that it really is...

 I took a visit to Kobe. Kobe is a really nice city. The trains a little bit confusing like Osaka and stuff can be spread out but in the end I really enjoyed Kobe city view.

Since I came all the way I really wanted to try the famous Kobe beef.

I searched online for a famous Kobe beef store, not too expensive but upper middle range.
I ordered my Kobe beef. I also ordered the course and it was really nice.

The vegetables were amazing.

When the meat came I was excited.

I had never tried Kobe been and everyone talks about it like its amazing....

 Like usually all meat steaks are prepared, you get different types of salt or pepper, garlic to dip your meat in.

So the verdict.

Kobe beef. Is not good.

It is full of oil. It just melts in your mouth. If you are a person who likes lean meats, you will probably not like Kobe beef.

I have ate a lot of different meats in Japan and Kobe beef is actually at the bottom of the list for good meats. 

Doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try. I just feel the name has more value than the flavor.

Mar 6, 2018

The OLDEST snow festival in Japan

The other day I walked past a sign that showed a picture of some snowy mountains and I thought to myself "I want to go to Toyama again".  The picture was not of Toyama, but instead it was in Nagano, however, seeing that picture reminded me of the time I went to Toyama.

 This is what the mountain range in Toyama looks like.

I visited Unazuki Onsen area of Toyama prefecture in the winter. Unazuki onsen is honestly amazing. Winter onsen is awesome and its even better when you are surrounded by snow covered mountains.  The city is small but there was a lot to see.

During this time there was a winter carnival that was going on. It happens once a year and its actually the largest winter event in all of Japan, despite not being so known for it. I am surprised that its not known by people other than locals because it was actually amazing! 

The event has 3 main attractions.

 Fire sticks.  Everyone can join in. You are given a large stick to carry as a fire torch. I don't have a picture because I got a little lost, but everyone travels up the mountain walking in a line with these. From the bottom it looks cool, like the mountain is on fire. After people come back down from the mountain, they walk through the city and gather in the park.

This part of the festival I was actually not prepared for. The people gathered around a huge tree.

 After a countdown they all rushed into the tree throwing their torches and the tree went up in flames.

 While the tree is burning, fireworks start to go off over the city. I was staying at a nearby Green Hotel so I could see a perfect view of the fireworks from my window, but you can also watch them from the park or from the bridge.

It was really a cool festival.

Unazuki Onsen itself is a beautiful area and the onsen is amazing, but I was very happy that I came around the time of the festival because that made the trip very fun.

I recommend that if you check this place out.

Dec 14, 2017

Where to buy socks in Japan

Socks. We all need em.
Socks in Japanese is Kutsushita (靴下) And in Japan there  are in my opinion 
3 main popular kinds of socks

1. Nice Japanese socks
2. Happy socks from Sweden
3. Brand name socks.

I would LOVE to show you pictures of nice Japanese socks.....but I actually no longer have any because they worn out and had holes in them and I had to throw them away....and I seem to be suffering from another issue that many people have, the washer ate them.

So INSTEAD I will give you  the link to the website of a major Japanese brand, Tabio

Another famous brand that is good is Fukuske

If you want to know where I personally shop for Japanese socks. 
Shinagawa station, Atre store, there is a place to buy socks and that is specifically where I always buy them.

Now I don't have any Japanese socks to show you but I still got plenty of Tights. Tights in Japan are very common, its typical for a woman to wear tights instead of a full bear leg. We have lots of very very thin almost invisible tights that you can't even notice, girls love them because it makes their skin look nice.

I no longer wear these for religious purposes, but I have plenty of non see through coloured ones.

Japanese tights generally, in proper stores (like Marui  (〇1〇1)) Will be arranged by THICKNESS. This is nice but the issue is, I feel tights in Canada, though generally made from cheaper looking material, have longer shelf life, cheaper in price and come in more thicker material.

Price in Japan for tights, does not matter. ALL TIGHTS RIP, FAST!
Those yellow Vivienne Westwood ones above, yeah they got a hole in them. From day 1.

Next we have Happy socks.
This is a Swedish brand that is found in a lot of department stores in Japan.

I think these socks are really good quality and come in fun colours. The happy socks I had lasted a long time.

Last I want to talk about brand name socks, and where to get them. Now if you are thinking "but I want affordable socks!!!".  Don't worry.  Brand name socks, are actually around the same price, as regular socks.

The socks I am wearing are Armani. Armani socks range from 10-25$, but mostly under 15. That is not a lot, as its the price for pretty much all socks I buy :/.

Even though I only have Armani, I will tell you exactly where to get a lot of brand name socks in one place.

For Tokyo people.
Ikebukuro, Seibu department store. 5th floor mens department.

Theres a corner on that floor for socks.

My feet are size 23.5, but these socks are said to fit 25-27cm, but they fit me 100% perfect.
Armani doesn't make ladies socks, but the mens socks will be fine for you ladies.

This floor sells mens underwear and socks, all in same area (because its for suits, for workers).

Theres lots of big brand name socks and they are not expensive at all. So enjoy ^^

If anyone else lives in Japan and has a favorite place to shop for socks please tell me in the comments ^^

I end this blog post with a picture of me trying to show off the Armani gloves I have for winter. I am wearing a Armani hijab that was a present from one of my best friends. For those who know me are probably wondering

BUT MIRA!!! you LOVE Louis Vuitton! don't cheat!!!
Lol. Don't worry.  If Louis Vuitton made socks, I would be the first in line to buy them.

Dec 12, 2017


This meat...THIS MEAT!!


Hands down. The best.

This is at a restaurant in Tokyo, Nippori area called HALAL SAKURA

It is a Japanese halal restaurant.
They have Yakiniku, Shabu shabu and other Japanese foods.

The whole restaurant is 100% halal, no pork, no non halal, no alcohol. Mashallah.
I went here and honestly it was the best experience.  Since reverting to Islam, I wondered..

Does Japan make HALAL Japanese beef? (WAGYUU)

The answer is YES!!
In Tokushima!!!

I actually went to Tokushima and it was in the tourism pamphlet  that the area was famous for the AWA halal beef. Halal meat is often imported from Australia to Japan, but we DO have our own halal beef. Everyone knows that Japanese beef is better than other countries beef, and its more expensive for that reason.

Halal wagyuu, is not cheap. But its VERY GOOD!  Beef from Awa is lean, healthy and amazing. You can find it some places in Tokyo, but for sure you can get it at Halal Sakura restaurant.
Tokushima really is a nice place to check out.

I have made some videos on my trip to Tokushima.

 I hope to go back and check out which local restaurants are carrying their very own Halal Awa wagyuu.

Till then I will have to get my dose at halal sakura.

Is Japan safe for Niqabi?

 This black fabric that is covering my face is called NIQAB (nee-cob)
It is not called a "burka" as some people mistakenly call it. A burka covers all face including eyes. Niqab only covers  your mouth and nose leaving your eyes open.

Niqab is worn mainly in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman and UAE, but can me found in other countries across the world.

Does Kanadajin3 wear niqab? Yes sometimes.

I have two. Both are from Saudi Arabia, one is a gift.

I wear it sometimes, but I am not a Niqabi (a girl who always wears it).

In Japan, you often see women wearing Hijab but do you see women in Niqab?
The surprising answer is yes. I don't know if women wearing Niqab is on the rise in Japan? Or if I am just more prone to seeing them being a Muslim woman myself....

I see at least 1 niqab per week.
However, all except for the women at mosque, were not wearing a black traditional saudi style niqab. They were wearing colourful fabric that covered their face.

Some were pink, purple, white and some multi colour pattern.

At the mosque I often see women wearing them but in the station or shopping I have seen plenty of women.

So the question is....How do people react ? Do they run away in terror!!! OMG THE GAIJIN IS SCARY ENOUGH BUT NIQABBBB!?!?!
No way.
Nobody cares
At all..

I have worn Niqab in various places.  
* on the train
* shopping
* while eating out
* looking for apartment to rent
* doctors office
* walking past police
* busy area of city

Not even once did I feel people were afraid of me or running the other way. I got nobody getting up and moving away and no change in the amount of people sitting down beside me on the train.

I don't wear it daily but I can have some confidence that at least TOKYO JAPAN. Is fairly safe for a Niqabi ^^

Nov 28, 2017

Why I quit make up?

I have been Muslim for over 5 months.

I used to never appear in a video, let alone outside without at least eyelash extensions on.

I used to wear make up but I stopped.

Many people have noticed this and have asked

"is it because of your religion"?


Now, many people can argue that "make up is haram" or "make up is not haram".
I don't want to have that talk. This is not the place for that.

The reason I don't wear make up anymore has nothing to do with my religion.

The reason why, and I want to be really straight forward, is because some people told me I looked better without make up.

"WHAT!!! how can you be a follower!!! why not think for yourself!!"

Of course. I didn't simply follow their advice like sheep. I mean, people have been telling me, no make up is better, for years.

I get 50% people saying make up is nice. 50% say no make up.
People have their preferences.
I have always ignored them.
But 4 months ago, I listened for a short time and it was about a week where I did not wear make up. I got used to not wearing it. I found it was better.
It is much easier to get ready, I don't have to buy a bunch of products, no extra time spent on it. It is so much better this way.

So yeah, It started with someones suggestion that I actually listened to, but in the end I chose to keep it this way because I liked it better this way.

Now at the same time, many people say "you should wear make up you would look better". But really, I don't care to look "better". If I wanted to appeal to the general public, I wouldn't be covering my body and wearing hijab.

What I always miss in Canada

I, kanadajin3 named my YouTube channel kanadajin because Kanadajin = Canadian.
The 3 was added because kanadajin was already taken.

I was from Ontario, Canada. Since moving to Japan I have went to Canada 3 times.

I wish I could go more often but the plane ticket is expensive. This time was summer and I paid 2700$ CAD for ticket.
  As you may know in Canada there is a coffee store called "Tim Hortons". They have a drink called "ice cap". It is the best drink ever.

The first thing I do when I get to Canada is get a ice cap. This xxL looking cup is actually a medium size!!!. It is so big.

However, even though it is huge amount I drink the whole thing. I love ice cap so much.

This is me after a 13 hour flight. Yay to no sleep

When you think of famous Canadian food theres not much. However there is one dish that is uniquely Canadian.


It is french fries, gravy and cheese.

This is poutine made with Turkey gravy.
It is really good but unhealthy.

 When I go to Canada, I always have the same travel pattern.
I spend 2-3 days in Toronto, then I make my way up North, stopping in a few cities on the way till I get to a small city with a population of less than 1000 people.  Along the way visiting cities I used to live in, cities with friends and cities where family members live.

When I come back home, I get driven to the nearest cities airport, then fly directly to Toronto and then stay a night and come home.

One person I always want to see is my best friend. She has been my best friend since I was in Grade 9.

It doesn't matter how many months I go without seeing her, our friendship never fades away.

We could not talk for a entire year but then meet and it is as if we never were away from each other.

We had such a good time this time.

< I am not a hockey fan, it was just cold.

I went to Canada in the middle of summer but at night it was quite cold. I remember Canada to be so much warmer.

In fact, I remember Japan to be so much warmer.

I have been waiting 6 years to have a nice warm summer. I feel like every year the weather is not hot enough for No matter where I go.

The food is what I missed the most in Canada. Though the portions are extremely big and the quality of a lot of things is not as good as Japan. There still is some things you just can't find here that is good in Canada.

Like rare sushi styles, decorated with many toppings. Or super healthy "trendy foods", such as kale salad with goat cheese and hemp seeds. These types of things are good but it is really expensive and the quantity was enough for a month.

Well, Hope to go to Canada next year ^^