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"?


No.



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.

POUTINE.

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 me...lol. 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 ^^





Nov 27, 2017

Praying outside in Japan..literally outside

Japan is not a Muslim country, so mosques are limited.  As Muslims, you pray 5 times a day.

The purple carpet you see in this picture is a Islamic prayer mat. You place it on the ground when you pray.

I also have a plastic pocket prayer mat, for when I am not at home. I carry it in my purse at all times.

Muslims can pray inside a mosque, but if a mosque is not nearby then where in Japan do we pray....and what do Japanese people have to say about people praying in public??

Well first of all, there ARE some public prayer spaces, which are not mosques, but simple rented out rooms, additions to toilets or little spaces off to the side of restaurants that will let you pray.

In this blog, I am only going to talk to you about where I usually pray and how people act.

The best place to pray is in a park. There are plenty of parks across Japan, no matter where you go you can find a nice green space to pray.

I find myself often praying in bicycle parking lots. This is simply because I am shy and usually parks are full of people, or I am simply too far away from a park and come across a parking lot before I can find a park.

No matter what time I pray though, no matter how little people are around or how out of the way I think I am. ALWAYS someone comes at the last moment and has to walk through or to where I am. It happened to me 3 times where a woman came. They usually say nothing but I always wonder if I scared them or something.

I got used to praying in public but I always wonder what people think when they see someone praying. The only interaction I ever had with someone was a woman who didn't want to pull out her bike, maybe because she didn't want to make noise. So she waited. It was only about 30 seconds till I was done and I quickly said "I am sorry" and she said "oh no take your time".

One time I was praying in Yoyogi park and a homeless man came near me and my friend and started setting up his home for the night. No interaction. No strange looks.

I must have prayed outside at least 25 times and I never had anyone laughing at me or taking pictures...yet. Thankfully.  Though I do feel like people look and wonder what I am doing, and once they realize it maybe they just continue on with their day.

Kanadajin3 Goes to AKITA



This is me and the REAL Hachiko. You know Hachiko dog is Akitaken, which is Japanese dog native to Akita. Akita is a prefecture in northern Japan.

Akita doesn't have large population
The kanji mean 秋田 FALL, Rice field

I love Akita. It was amazing. But one thing I learned....You Really need a car to get around.
I went during sakura season which is the start of May. The Sakura were really amazing. It makes you not ever want to stay in Tokyo for Sakura season because outside of Tokyo just has so much better things to see when it comes to Sakura.

This is not a temple btw. It is someones HOUSE!


The first thing I noticed in the small city of Kakunodate, was that all buildings and signs were old style. 7/11, post office, banks and police stations all had a old samurai style to it.

It is because Kakunodate is actually a old samurai city. Along the walk through the Shidarezakura (weeping sakura), you walked through a samurai village.

I honestly recommend you check out the Shidarezakura in Kakunodate because it was really good.



Thats not all Akita has to offer.  In May in the mountains it is still snowing. I went on a bus to Tamagawa onsen, Japans most acidic onsen. Sadly, the video failed because

1. There are two tamagawa onsen bus stops, I thought there were 15 min walk apart...but because it was snowing the path was covered and its actually 1 hour walk away so we had no time to enter the REAL tamagawa onsen, we only went to the new tamagawa onsen. I will be back though....someday...

The lake you see above was the most beautiful lake view I have ever seen in all of Japan. It was so blue. The picture doesn't even capture the beauty. It is not a famous lake either, it was literally a random lake on the bus ride towards Tamagawa onsen.

It has been over 5 months since I reverted

Assalam Alaikum

If you watch my YouTube you will know that "Kanadajin3 became Muslim".

Some people think this means that my channel videos will start to change to Muslim only themes, and the whole "Japan" theme will die off..

Naw.

However, It does mean that yes, I will talk about Islam when it is relevant to Japan.

5 months ago I reverted.

Educational note: the word revert is used rather than convert because all people are born Muslim, but they are influenced by another culture or religion or teaching, so when they become Muslim later in life, its going BACK to Islam. That is what we believe. 

Since reverting I have went through many changes in my life, most you guys will never notice because you didn't know about me in the first place.

The obvious that people do notice is that I no longer eat pork, don't drink alcohol, pray, go to mosques, wear hijab and don't show body.


I deleted all my old videos without Hijab so I could reupload them edited out and "halal". Some people were shocked and upset at this choice but I think you should respect it really....my body I don't want to show it.


A few months ago ,  I took Shahada at OTSUKA mosque here in Tokyo in front of about 25 sisters and a famous Sheikh from Saudi Arabia. (Sheikh is like the priest in Islam for those who don't know). 

Shahada is when you declare that you are Muslim, it is what officially makes you one. People can do it at home but its more formal if you do in mosque.  You get a certificate that says that you are Muslim when you do this and you can use it to go to Muslim countries for religious purposes and get a visa.


Now I know a lot of people might be wondering.

HOW DO JAPANESE TREAT ME NOW?

Answer. The same.
I literally feel no different. I wear Hijab daily and I feel no different from before .
The only difference is. When I go to the doctor they ask if I can eat beef and pork. And sometimes restaurants will give menu skipping the Alcohol area, or warn me "this has pork, this has alcohol". Other than that people are accepting and nice ^^



May 11, 2015

New IMAX theater Shinjuku...not so max :(

Just a few weeks ago, a new Toho movie theater opened up in Shinjuku, Kabukucho, Tokyo. This theater has a huge godzilla statue on top of it that from some angles across the city, looks like godzilla is taking over Tokyo (just like many people have been so patiently waiting for ^^).

Not only is the outside of this theater eye catching, but what is inside is what I was looking forward to. IMAX ^^ and 4D movies (this is where the seat moves around and water sprays at you during your movie)

The other week I went with some of my friends to see a movie in IMAX 3D. Before entering I had prepared my friends for the IMAX experience, they had never been to an IMAX screen before so they didn't know what to expect.


I remember IMAX being so big that it would hurt your eyes if you were too close to the screen. I had assumed IMAX would be the same size in Japan. Growing up in the west I guess you could say I have a strong expectation for "big screens". The movie culture in Canada compared to Japan is substantially larger.

I was not only let down at the size of the screen, I felt cheated out of money :(  I mean, the threater was nice and the chairs are comfy and all. The screen was slightly bigger than a regular theater screen, but It wasn't anything a north American should expect for IMAX size.  It also costs  more (just like in Canada), which made it even worse. Movies in Japan are more expensive than Canada as is, average between 15-20$ per person. The IMAX was almost 30$.

As a friendly suggestion and warning. Don't expect a huge huge huge screen.

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE.


Since the theater was new, the staff were SUPER friendly. You could really feel the energy inside the theater. I also should note I went at 9am (yeah, weird time to see a movie right haha). Even though we went at 9, it was still packed!! (new things tend to pack up fast in Japan).

The staff greeted us outside the theater, the top of the escalators up the theater and when we were going to get popcorn they all were overly friendly and enthusiastic about the new customers in the new store.


Apr 10, 2015

How to look good in Tokyo and save money

You may have heard that Tokyo is a fashion capital, with some of the highest standards of beauty and strict expectations when it comes to appearance for people of all ages and both female and male. It is not considered feminine for a male to enjoy shopping, in fact there are malls just for men and an equally as large market for male customers as there is females.

You may have also heard that Tokyo is super expensive and that to buy a pair of jeans it costs at least 100$ *flails arms in the air in anger*. Well, though the second part may be correct, what you would call expensive depends on the culture that you were brought up in. I find it is mostly the American and Canadian people, who come from places where clothing is very very cheap, who have a problem with the prices in Japan.

Where I was born, you find a lot of whole-sale factory made goods that come from major companies that can afford to make stuff cheap and sell it for cheap. We also have a culture of buying things in multiple colours "blue, pink, white and yellow tank top please" and buying new clothes quite often, especially with the whole "back to school culture" where you buy a new everything for the next year. High end brands are not as popular, and often people will think of a rich and snobby person when it comes to such. Puting on make up everyday and maintaining a professional and "high maintenance" look when you are out in public doesn't have such a pressure in the west.

Well Japan, and especially Tokyo are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.  This will shock you if you come from Canada or America. I have heard a lot of different opinion such as "Tokyo people care TOO much about their looks" to "Everyone looks like a model!!".   Brands are in, make up is in, high fashion is in, looking your best even when you are in your home and nobody will see you, is also in.

Aside from the fact that you are expected to look proper and clean, it is also considered the norm to put more money towards your look. Something that is cheap is looked at as "suspicious", rather than a good deal.  I once wanted to make a video on how much Japanese people spend on buying their wallets, and I wish I caught this on camera.

"can I make a video about your wallet, just a short video, you don't have to show your face"

"no, I can't show this wallet this is just a cheap one"

"how much was it"

"100$"

One thing you gotta know about Tokyo, brands are VERY popular. Louis vuitton is the number one brand that you will see stand out. You could stand on the corner of Shibuya crossing at any time of the day and see more than 10 LV bags crossing about.  It is so common there are even some people say it is "too trendy, everyone has it". (well I don't think so I love LV but yeah)



Anyways.

It is not strange, crazy or silly to spend so much money on fashion here. It is expected to pay about 60$ or so for a shirt or even about 100$ for a pair of pants. It is pretty normal to pay over 100$ for shoes, and a couple hundred on a jacket.

So with all these brands being in style how the heck do people afford it?

Is everyone rich??

Well no. It is all about what people want and what people are willing to spend their money towards.

In Canada, people spend a lot of money on eating out. Eating out is more expensive in Canada than in Japan. People also spend a lot of money on electronics and stuff. But here, people would save up money, just to get the brand items they want.

Another factor you have to consider is taxes in Japan are quite low, so this allows people to save money on such purchases. People tend to keep clothes for a longer time here (and they usually last longer). It is also very common that people live with their parents till they get married AND it is normal for parents to pay for their children's university, allowing their children to have more money to spend on the clothing they want.

But, not everyone has the will or the way to save up 2000$ for a new purse.

So how do you shop high end but save money?? Especially being a foreigner whos parents possibly didn't pay for university, you are so used to being in a culture where you don't save money and or you spent too much money on that plane ticket here :o What do we do?!

Used clothing stores.

In Canada, used clothing stores are looked at as somewhere homeless ppl shop. Poor and or low quality people shop. The used stores usually smell really gross, don't carry brands at all. The image of a used store is just no good one. 

In Japan, used clothing stores are completely different. There is a huge market for them and they are generally divided into two categories. Brand name high priced used stores, and clothing used stores (which also have brand stuff but is not specially for that). They are everywhere. There are over 20 used stores in Shinjuku alone, and thats just one area. There are plenty of people who think used stores are gross because someone else used it, or its damaged. But if you want to look cool and save money its a great place to go ^^

LV sunglasses that are regularly 700$, you could find for about 300$.
LV purses ranging from 60$-1800$ depending on the style.

The stores that have clothing sold usually separate brand name clothing between regular cheaper clothing and often have the original store price on it.




At these stores you can find plenty of wonderful deals. I have bought shirts that originally were 140$, for 10$. I also have had shoes that were 250$ for only 8$ ^^    

Some names of used stores are;   

Treasure Factory - Many chains all across outer Tokyo area. I really recommend Machida store, Funabashi store, Tachikawa or Chiba stores. They have a point card too. Point cards are a big thing in Japan and it is actually worth getting one. Each point = 1 yen. Those points add up quickly and you can use those points to pay for your next purchase. I have saved over 200$ in points at Treasure factory alone ^^


There also is Jumble store. This is a chain store but I recommend you travel to the one in Tama shi. It is bigger and cheaper. 

There are some used stores that only deal with brand purses or brand clothes, and others where it is both mixed.  There is also "men only" used clothing stores such as BINGO (it is a chain, the shibuya store has a small female section but mostly for men).

Some kanji or words you should look for when you want to find a used store is

買取 kaitori     - buy sell ? buy take? I don't even know how to translate. Basically used stuff store.
質店 shichi ten  - used store
質屋   shichi ya   - used store
リサイクルショップ  risaikuru shoppu   - used store