I’ve begun a new series on my YouTube channel called A Taste of Japan. I’ll be making videos of different events, places, and culture in Japan. This is episode 1 of A Taste of Japan.
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At the shrine near my home, there’s an annual festival in September that features local dance clubs, cheerleading clubs, a taiko drum club, and singers. In the past, there’ve been professional enka singers, but not this year. I took a few videos, and now, my new series on YouTube has begun.
Here is episode 1 of A Taste of Japan.
I used Windows Movie Maker, as it appeared the other video editor I was using has informed me I must now buy it. I get roughly the same result with WMM, though.
If you have any comments or questions, you know what to do. Oh, and subscribe to my YouTube channel already!
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It’s time for some more questions. If you have any questions about what it’s like to live in Japan, please go to this post and ask me anything. I had some great questions before. Let’s have even more great questions!
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I’ve been running a weekly series about living in Japan since April, and asked you, the reader, to ask me any question about living in Japan. I got some great questions and had nearly three months worth of questions to answer. However, I’ve run out of questions.
Now it’s your turn to give me some more questions. If you have any questions about what it’s like to live in Japan, please ask in the comments below. It can be anything. Maybe even just about living in another country, or dealing with different food, culture, language, and so on. You can ask as many questions as you like. So, what would you like to know?
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It’s early September, and what do I see? Halloween decorations. Sounds like some businesses are very enthusiastic about Halloween to be decorating this early. Not even out of summer yet. Well, I made this video a couple days ago about how businesses in Japan tend to decorate for Halloween far earlier than they need to. Keep in mind that the business I show is an opticians and they don’t have a special Halloween sale going on.
Now, this video isn’t just me talking about Halloween decorations. You’ll want to watch to the end, because I had a rather creepy encounter.
I sure didn’t expect that.
I just had a mostly unpleasant trip to my daughter’s nursery.
It started off with getting on a full bus with no available seats. I was carrying my daughter, and several people looked at me. I stood near the back door for about a minute, then was pleasantly surprised when a young man gave up his seat for me. +5 points!
As I sat there riding the bus, the lady beside me got up at her stop. Keep in mind that I was sitting in the priority seat. There were several elderly people standing on the bus and the seat next to mine was the only available seat. Not one of them sat next to me. This could be for 2 reasons. First and probably the biggest reason is I had a toddler sitting on my lap. I know I avoid those seats. Second reason, and more unlikely, is that I’m a foreigner. This is that phenomenon that affects many foreigners in Japan, the empty seat syndrome. This actually never happens to me on the bus, so I’d say it was my daughter. The worst part was when one elderly woman spotted the seat, went for it, then noticed my daughter and I. She quickly looked away and stood a couple metres away from me looking around awkwardly. -5 points.
The bus ride continued when someone finally sat beside me. My daughter touched her and the woman said it was okay and smiled. +2 points.
Then a man across from us looked over and said she was cute. This happens a lot, actually. +2 points.
After getting off the bus, we were crossing at a crosswalk with an approaching white car traveling on a parallel course with us. He then suddenly turned directly in front of us without signaling, coming about 50 cm from hitting us. I got a good look at him. A middle-aged man with dyed brown hair, kind of mullet style, gold-rimmed tinted glasses, and lots of gold jewelry. There’s no way he didn’t see us. I was furious! -100 points.
Final score: -96
Japan has a lot of traditional culture, but it also has a lot of imported culture. One example is Christmas. However, it’s not entirely the same as in western countries. For example, it’s a day for couples to go on a date, or for children to receive gifts, whereas in Canada, it’s a day for family and everyone gets gifts. Also, Japanese people often eat Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas. Turkey is difficult to find in Japan, and even if they do, not everyone has an oven to roast it with. And if they do have an oven, it’s often not even big enough for a turkey! So, getting KFC is an alternative. But one thing’s the same, decorations. They’re everywhere! On my way home, I took a picture of this tree made of Christmas lights outside a factory.
Merry Christmas from a factory.