After a few months living in Japan as an exchange student, I’ve grown accustomed to some of the things I forgot were not part of daily life in Canada. I was back in the family house in my home country during February and March 2015 before coming back to Japan. I thought about sharing those few things that I was a bit shocked about the first few days I was in Canada.
The weird thing is, I’m obviously used to my family house, as I’ve grown there all my life from when I was born until now. But now that I live in a house in Japan for a year, I also got used to that other environment. Which means that, when I got back in Canada, I had a feeling of familiarity while being completely weird at the same time, like something was out of place. Here are some examples.
1. The size of the milk container
While living in Japan, I got used to the one liter milk container. However, in Canada, my family uses the two liters milk, so when I took it with one hand absently, it was very weird to feel as if I can barely hold it with one hand, while a one liter is very small and easy to handle. As weird as it sounds, it was my first shock when I got back.
2. The toilet’s seat
In Japan, I also got used (very quickly, if I might add) to the heated toilet’s seat. You don’t realize how awesome it is until you go back to a country where it’s not the norm. I swear, for the first week in Canada, I would jump a bit everytime I would sit on the toilet seat, because we were right in the winter and the seat is made of wood, so it’s super cold. It was quite ridiculous — and uncomfortable.
3. The kitchen’s counters height
I don’t know if it’s only the house I live in, but in Japan, the counters are really, and I mean really low. They are right below my pelvis bone. I must admit, I’m a relatively tall person (5″8, or 172 cm), so that might be why. It means that when I cook or wash the dishes, I’m always kind of crouched. It’s not really nice.
But in Canada, the counters are about as high as my lower belly, which is perfect for me.
4. The dryness of the air
I got so used to the humid temperature of Japan that when I got back to my home country, I instantely had dry patches on my skin in the most weirdest places — on my eyelid, for example. I had to put a lot of face cream day and also take care of my hands. It was horrible.
5. The customer service
I really got used to having my bag ready (handles fitting in hands nicely and all) when I finished paying for my stuff in Japan. The clerks always place the bag in a way that makes it easier for you to take it. Moreover, I love the politeness and on-point service that I get here in Japan. But the more I live here, the more I realized I took it for granted.
When I got back to Canada and shopped a little bit in H&M, and the clerk said “Have a nice day” and literally threw the bag on the counter, I was quickly reminded that I’m not in Japan anymore.
Every countries has its good and bad sides and unique quirks. Seeing those differences in a new light was a very interesting experience!
Did you guys ever felt this way when you came back to your home country after traveling? Let me know in the comments below!