Sometimes I get some of the strangest comments from a few people in Japan, I have to wonder if they’ve ever learned about anything outside of Japan. One of the most common comments I’ve had is that Japan is unique because it has 4 seasons. It’s as if only Japan gets 4 seasons. When I tell them that Canada has 4 seasons, they’re shocked to discover this. They thought only Japan has 4 seasons. I then go on to tell them that every country outside of the tropics has 4 seasons. It really seems to surprise them. They then go on to say that Japan’s seasons are special, and describe them briefly. Then I tell them that’s what it’s like in Canada, too. I think I’ve shattered a few people’s bubbles that they live in. And that’s a good thing.
On a similar note, even though I’ve been in Japan for more than 6 years, I still have people telling me about rainy season as if it’s the first time I’ve heard of it.