Oct 31, 2016

5 years ago I was ...

 5 years ago this is my halloween costume. My ex husband though it was a cool idea so we both dressed as zombie dead ghost geisha. Got a parasol from Toronto China town, cut holes into it. Bought two fake silk yukata robes and covered them in spiders and blood.

5 years ago is the last year I went trick or treating.

I remember as a kid I used to get bags and bags full. My mom used to make costumes for me, every year. I was a popcorn box, rain cloud, present, cherry tree, bag of leaves. Her costumes were always original. Halloween was my favorite holiday. I won a costume contest one year and got 100$ and 10 free pizzas.
This is my best friend. I knew her since high school, grade 9 math class I turned around to borrow a pencil and she gave it to me. I was super shy. We didn't talk, but somehow, we became friends. Her locker was beside me because she was also in my science and tech class.

She has skipped school with me, transfers schools with me, traveled with me, lived with me twice. We have done it all and seen it all.

Even though we are 14 hour plane rides away, we still are best friends.

I remember every halloween we went trick or treating together. Even when I moved to Toronto, she still came to visit me and I went to visit her.

This is 5 years ago but at the start of that year. Star of 2011. Me and my friend from grade school.

Some of my funniest memories with her are when we used to record videos together at her house in gr 8-9. Prank videos. She had a digital video camera, this is when they just started coming out. We would dress up weird and scare our friends, make these crazy videos.

We would spend weeks at each others house planning weird videos and doing this. It was so fun.

 Lets go back to 7 years ago. This is where I used to work. I was the boss. I had an amazing office space. My desk was amazing. You could hang up pictures, bring your work, bring decors. I had my own slippers and stuff. I wanted to bring a plant but then I left working there.

I remember walking into the office, picking up my head set. Listening to customers voices playing back on our auto recorders. Knowing all departments for our building and all gas and electricity utilities info and numbers memorized.

Best job I had. The best job in Canada. I wish things with that company didn't have to change. People in upper management went downhill.

I wonder what things would be like if things didn't go down hill. Would I be head of the whole floor? Would I be in some other branch? Would I be in same office? Would I have that plant on my desk?

 This is my friend. We met at work. I was really shy in the start but we ended up talking everyday. Laughing. Going on the bus.Going out to eat. Even after she left the company we still kept in touch. I feel really bad because last time I went to Toronto she wanted to see me but I couldn't. I didn't have enough time. The thing that sucks is having to worry about time and getting around. Having only 15 hours in Toronto isn't enough.

 Our world is so small, but when it comes to seeing those people you want to see. Its too big. Its big and far and stretched out. We need more time.

This is 5 years ago now again. 5 years ago just a few days before Halloween. I climbed this tree, took this picture to say "look at me, this is what I used to do as a kid here". I was moving in a few days. Moving to a new city. Tokyo.

Did you know when I moved to Toronto my grandma called me and she said to me

"Mira do you like the big city? You seem to like it more, and you are enjoying life".

I remember telling her. I loved Toronto. I was either gonna live in biggest city in Canada, or biggest city in the world.

Well. I was right.

5 years later.  I am here, Living in Tokyo. The biggest city in the world.
More than 5 years ago, without even having any interest or knowledge that I would be moving to here, I knew it.

5 years ago. I was just a regular Canadian girl.
My fav song was "sexy bitch". My fav club was guverment.
My fav food was beef paddies from islington station
My fav store was abercrombie and fitch.
Fav. Game was COD.
Fav. tv show was family guy.
I had an Iphone 3.
Taro bubble tea.
Jerk Chicken
Ice cap
Pizza poppits
Rice a roni
Clam chowder
Canned fish
Arizona green tea
Coconut water
Ginger beer
Curry goat
Peas and rice
Samosas from rabba
Busses at 2 am, Street cars at 4 am.
Buying go tickets to port credit, but getting off in clarkson.
Buying tickets to the ex, but getting off at Union.
Holding your breath as you go through to the greyhound, between atrium on the bay.
New york fries.
Fries supreme
California rolls
Looking out at the sun rise.
Day light saving time
Skype calls with mom
In the groove
Getting cold. Sun goes down, but at 6pm.
Leaves go away without noticing it.
Then you see pumpkins left and right.
knock knock.
Trick or treat.
5 years ago.
And now......

Oct 15, 2016

Addressing the Elephant in the room..why I went to Sweden last year

I don't know how anyone can call it an Elephant really. In fact NOBODY questions me. I went to Sweden and Finland for over a month and a half last year and swiftly got away with not uploading a single video , despite filming quite a few.

Fun fact, 32% of audience is from Japan, 28% is from Japan and even though Sweden makes up 3% of my views, it honestly feels like all my viewers come from there because one of the only people who point out which country they are from, Is Swedish viewers. I constantly get comments about "here in Sweden" even if the video isn't directly about Sweden.  Also fun fact, 50% of my haters are Swedish.....odd.

Well lets carry on.

So this is me in Göteborg. If you don't speak Swedish you might wonder where is this......well this is the proper word for the city "gothamburg" dafaq! I was shocked to find out that this citys name is changed in English, even the Japanese word for this city is same as Swedish.

 So this food here is called Marsipan. Its super common at Christmas in Sweden..and sadly I had no idea what this was, thinking it was a Swedish only thing but when trying to tell my mom about this she seemed to already know and I felt like...where have I been sleeping under a rock?...oh well kinda :P

So this is a typical breakfast...well without the berries on the bread, that was my own invention. I couldn't stop eating the vinbär berries which are these small little red ones. Every time we went to grocery store I would get these ^^
 Check this out! Its Mcdonalds! This is in Stockholm station. My mom actually didn't believe this was real because it was so different. To be honest remind me of Toronto. I thought it was cool even though I actually didn't eat Mcdoanlds in Sweden at all.

But I did use the bathroom at one, I think in fact I wasted all my money on going to the bathroom. Yeah thats right. You gotta pay to enter...daym.
In Japan its so easy to use the bathroom, since its free and at all stores and stations mostly all free to use.

See this guy...This is a basket weaver. Yeah. That is epic right there. If I had bigger luggage I would have bought one. This is just so cool. He literally was making these! right there! in the cold!! for the 1.5 hours of daylight Sweden gets in the Winter!! That is so cool.

One thing that sickened me though, is this talk of the immigrants and racism towards refugees. FYI. Get off my channel if you don't like immigrants because guess what.


Its actually sad that I get these types of comments all the time, and its even so common its transferring to irrelevant irresponsible ill though ted racist Japanese people who possibly unknowingly are repeating the racism that others spew.
"Europe has gone to shit" "look at what happened to Europe"
Yeah I am sorry, unless by gone to shit you really mean, gone to shit with the racism against immigrants, then theres no need to continue speaking to me.

The sad thing is, they don't mean that. :/

People warned me of seeing dirty homeless immigrants "ruining their culture" and committing crimes.   Naw.

What I did see is hundreds of human beings, out in the cold, in blankets taking in donations from more fortunate people who have kind hearts. I included.
I am all for giving food and money to the less fortunate. It takes a lot of guts for me to go up to a stranger, especially since its a different language, but I managed to give my leftover meal to people every time. They were so sweet and happy. Seeing their eyes lit up with tears.

You know how much food is wasted? You get this over sized meal, eat half and get full. I say next time you done eating, don't throw it away but give it to someone else. Theres no use throwing that out, thats perfectly good food.

In Japan, the concept of giving food to homeless people is unheard of. Homeless don't even beg. However, this doesn't mean that homeless don't take donations.  The proper way to give something to a homeless person in Japan is to leave it near them. Like a bottle of water or bag of chips etc. Placing it near them would be the proper way of going about it.

Back to Sweden

The sun doesn't come up...
In some areas it truly doesn't come up. But even in the middle to southern parts of Sweden where I was. The sun....didn't come up.

On finally a day where it wasn't cloudy, you can see the sun here. This picture was taken at 1:30pm.

Its not even as if the sun is just up in the sky for a few hours. But the sun literally doesn't go UP! in the sky. It sits along the horizon. Such a weak sun.


Because even as a white skinned human, I got sick.
I felt sleepy. Depressed. Down. No energy. Like I was asleep.
It was hell.  Imagine waking up, yawning and ready to go back to sleep.
They sell pills and special lamps to help you get vitamins from light.
I felt like a day gecko inside a tank.

The sun is truly our one and only god. Without it you die.

So anyway, lets answer the question.

< Well aside from seeing the northern lights, eating Christmas food, having angry deer throw Christmas presents at me, Watching Donald duck, Watching people get married and drinking Glögg.

I went to Sweden for no other reason than I was invited. :P

Yeah I am kinda random. And though I love traveling within my own country more than abroad. I am completely up for a random long trip in another country if I am not alone. I almost went to Thailand that same May, and the only reason I didn't is because I had to save that money for Hokkaido trip. Too bad cause my friends fun stories of jumping off rocks into the water and eating amazing thai food then spending nights on the toilet sounded fun.

It was a "why not" trip.
Its not like I have any interest in Sweden or Swedish culture. And despite knowing a lot of Swedish words and phrases (thats from it being picked up from those around me who speak Swedish), I don't have an interest in Sweden. I don't mean that as an insult, please don't burn me with candles and toss Christmas stars in my hair ^^

Will I go again, highly likely.
Did I have fun, yes.
Do I recommend it as a tourist country, No.
Was it nice, yes.

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Oct 11, 2016

I have never really been "proud" not to live in North America till now...

So as most of you know I was born in Canada and immigrated to Japan in 2011. I decided a few years ago I wanted to live here forever and I have also decided over a year ago that November I will become Japanese.

I often get these odd comments on my channel saying that I must "hate Canada in order to give up my citizenship" (required by Japanese law to become Japanese) . I think its silly. Why does one hate a country if they chose to live in another? We are not bound to like our birth countries, and living in another simply doesn't mean we don't like the other. I even made a video laughing at all the odd comments I get where people think I hate Canada. If it isn't already obvious, I don't.

In fact, I never once in my life disliked living in Canada.  I consider myself a person who was a very patriotic person living in Canada. Heck, my user name on YouTube which I chosen while still living in Canada was "Canadian 3".

I find it quite an odd thing that there are people who bound people to countries or citizenship as if its any more important than a city or street they lived on. If you can move around freely in your own country without being called a CITY HATER!!! Then why do people do it with countries? And at the end of the day what IS wrong with disliking a country you were born in? You didn't chose to be born there. Its inevitable.

Whats even more funny is those who think I think higher of Japan, think I am better cause I live here, and that everything about Japan is better than the rest of the world. lol.

These people haven't watched a single video of mine have they....

I think = of ALL countries. Just like one can have their own likes in music and food, one can have their own preferences in where they want to live.

Moving on.

Never have I once thought "sure glad to get away from Canada". Till now :/

Last time I went there, sure things were weird. I have got so used to Japan that Canada is completely foreign. Their ideas, style, thinking way is soooo different I couldn't live in such society. Jee, the simplest things mind boggled me, such as the "its okay to blast music during the day" to "casually chatting with customer while other customers are lined up and no sorry" to "you don't scream EXCUSE ME to the waiters"....honestly that last one......I can't even understand how western people expect the waiter to come because I can't even REMEMBER what I used to do. It is so normal to raise hand and say EXCUSE ME! across the room that I can't remember any other way of life.

But all culture differences aside. Its the chaos that makes me truly proud not to live there.

This whole Trump stuff going on. The fact that some insane racist person is even on the stand to become president... God when I lived in Canada Obama won with his uniting speech of what the American people CAN do. And Trumps speeches seem to be about locking up Muslims, building walls and shoving out immigrants. I know that American president doesn't control Canada but the western views is very tied together and Trump very well would influence how the actual people in Canada act and the very thought of being so close to such society freaks me out.

Social Justice warrior and "trigger warnings" thing going on. When I lived in Canada, Feminism wasn't a thing. In fact, meeting many people from Europe when moving to Japan, I was shocked at how sexist they thought Canada was. In Canada its very similar to Japan except instead of a "stay at home mom" its called a "housewife". And instead of sitting on the couch and expecting the husband or kids to help clean and heating up an instant meal, shes spending hours cooking and cleaning daily.  And no, I don't mean to bash on westerners, its a culture difference and I am looking at it from a Japanese point of view.
Oh wait should I have added a trigger warning.....forgive me, I aint from around here I dono how to use these things.....

Anyways, watching these viral videos about crazy feminists, crazy anti cultural appropriation nazis ect, made me very confused. I thought to myself.......is this stuff really going on? How is this a thing? What the hell happened to the Canada I used to live in??!!

I asked around with some of my Canadian friends and low and beyond. It is a thing.

Looking at it from the standpoint of someone who doesn't live there, it really looks chaotic.

You got millions of people screaming racist slurs and saying to ban religions, ban immigrants etc. And another group screaming that men are bad and just saying hello to a women is sexist or clapping near someone....yeah clapping is bad......

What happened to the country I was born in. Bleh.
Never been so proud to live in Japan till now.

Well thats just what I have been thinking of, I will leave this post with fun memorial pictures of me living in Canada.

Bonus pic ^^  This is the life humans should return to really. Hunting, Fishing and gathering your own stuff ~ I sure might not be able to live in the whack Canadian society. But I would trade Canadian wilderness over Japanese wildness ANYDAY <3