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Going from Canada to Japan is one thing; going back to Canada after years in Japan is another!
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6 Jun 2017 - 2:16 PM  UPDATED 6 Jun 2017 - 2:16 PM

When travelling to a foreign country like Japan, some tourists will experience some good old-fashioned culture shock. But for the Eat Your Kimchi duo this week, Simon and Martina have been based in Korea and Japan for so long that when they revisited their home country of Canada, the couple experienced the unique feeling of reverse culture shock!

It all started off small, with Simon finding out first-hand that Canada is now primarily an electronic transfer country as opposed to the pay-by-cash nature in Japan, not to mention that tipping is the norm in Canada as opposed to Japan (yes, Simon forgot to tip). However, this was just the beginning of the couple's "reverse culture shock."

Marijuana is legal in most places in Canada whereas it is illegal in Japan and Korea, thus the sight of people smoking marijuana in broad daylight was a bit surprising to Simon and Martina. This soon paved way to Canadian food and how it is consumed, something that the couple completely forget how it works in Canada. Not only does the Japanese way of eating (lifting bowls to mouths and scooping it in like a vacuum cleaner) contrast to the more "Western" way of eating (using utensils and no lifting of bowls to mouths), but Canadian food is far more saltier than Simon and Martina remember due to years of eating Asian food.

The lack of convenience stores in Canada was a big contrast to Japan, where there's a Family Mart of 7/11 on literally every corner, but this pales in comparison to the difference in fashion and physiques between Japan and Canada. In the (paraphrased) words of Simon, not only does he feels physically small compared to most people, but wearing Japanese styled clothing will make the wearer stand out like a sore thumb!

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