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  • - Hey guys, how's it going?

  • My name is Micaela and I live in southern Japan.

  • And I really need to tell you something right now.

  • Come here.

  • Closer!

  • I'm actually not Japanese.

  • (fun, lively music)

  • I am Canadian.

  • I was born in Vancouver, B.C.

  • I lived in Richmond, B.C.

  • My family moved to Kamloops, B.C.

  • And now they live in the middle of the woods somewhere.

  • Living their dream, on their own.

  • And I'm here in Japan.

  • And over the past 10 years,

  • I've been making videos about Japan.

  • Life in Japan.

  • Things I like about Japan, and putting them on Youtube.

  • But, every once in a while

  • I really want to talk about Canada.

  • Because Canada is beautiful too.

  • You know, it wasn't until I started traveling abroad

  • that I realized just how often Canada gets overshadowed

  • by its big American neighbor, the United States.

  • When I'm meeting a Japanese person for the first time,

  • I would say 99% of the time they are going to ask me

  • where I'm from.

  • When I tell them I'm from Canada I often hear some

  • pretty interesting responses that kind of indicate

  • to me that a lot of people don't really have a

  • very solid image of what Canada is like.

  • (speaking Japanese)

  • (speaking Japanese)

  • Sometimes I will talk to people who don't even know

  • what language we speak in Canada,

  • or they will think that Canadian is a language of its own.

  • So to clarify, in Canada we speak English and French,

  • and depending on where you go in the country of Canada,

  • it's a big country, I would say that French is

  • much more prevalent in certain parts of Canada

  • than in others.

  • However, it is mandatory that we all learn French

  • in high school.

  • So, I can understand a little bit of French,

  • although I never use it anymore.

  • Another thing I often hear in conversations with people,

  • when I'm talking about Canada is:

  • It's true that Canadian winters can be very cold

  • and unpredictable and unforgiving.

  • But, it really depends on where you go,

  • and as long as you're not outside,

  • you're going to be toasty warm and having a good time.

  • Japan, on the other hand, feels cold all winter no matter what you do.

  • When you're inside your house, it's cold. When you're outside your house, it's cold.

  • That is why I actually prefer Canadian winters over Japanese ones.

  • Anyway, Canada is a huge country.

  • And it's very diverse and very multicultural.

  • But it's so big, that if you are living in one place

  • your whole life, you might never actually get to experience

  • just how multicultural and diverse it really is.

  • So, if you ever have the chance to travel Canada,

  • consider yourself so lucky because many Canadians

  • don't take the opportunity to travel it themselves.

  • Which is such a shame.

  • It's a really, really interesting and beautiful country.

  • One of my ultimate favorite places that I've been to

  • in Canada is White Horse in the Yukon territory.

  • White Horse, it's this tiny little town,

  • and in the winter it is very cold.

  • It's up north.

  • It's a great place to see the Northern Lights.

  • There's dog sledding.

  • There's blankets of snow.

  • There's wildlife reserves.

  • But the thing that I really liked about White Horse,

  • was how many people lived there that were not Canadian.

  • I met someone who was French, and loved dog sledding,

  • and moved to White Horse.

  • I met a Japanese couple who moved to White Horse

  • so they could do tours, and they liked it up there,

  • and that's why they chose to live there.

  • And I met someone who came to work on an animal reserve,

  • because they loved animals.

  • It's just, it's so interesting to meet people who are

  • in love with the place that they chose to live.

  • Another place that I've been to that I can totally recommend

  • is Prince Edward Island.

  • It is kind of a long flight from Japan.

  • You have to transfer in Toronto and then fly to PEI.

  • But, PEI, oh my God.

  • The east coast of Canada is just beautiful.

  • The beaches are bright red because of all of the iron

  • in the sand.

  • They eat lots of lobster.

  • When I went to PEI it was for a food festival,

  • and we were eating fresh lobster.

  • Fresh lobster that was buried in the ground

  • and smoked in the sand.

  • I don't really understand what was happening,

  • but it was so good.

  • And the whole vibe of the city feels like something

  • out of a story book.

  • So if you're planning on visiting Canada

  • and you need a few more ideas on where to go and what to do,

  • definitely check out the Far & Wide Project.

  • I'm going to put a link to the Far & Wide website

  • down in the description below.

  • You can find videos introducing different experiences

  • that you can have in different parts of Canada.

  • And if you see anything you like there are package tours

  • that you can consider joining as well.

  • One that I thought was really really cool

  • that I would love to try is the Digital Detox in Tofino.

  • Tofino, I have never been, but I have friends who love it.

  • I'm thinking, when my boyfriend gets back,

  • maybe we'll go on one of those ourselves.

  • Alright, so discussion time.

  • Have you ever been to Canada?

  • Do you live in Canada?

  • Do you have any good memories of Canada?

  • Let me know in the comments below and you might

  • be helping other people decided whether or not

  • to visit your city in Canada as well.

  • So that's it for today guys.

  • Thank you for listening, and we will be back with regular

  • Japan content next time.

  • Talk to you soon.

  • Bye!

  • (groovy music)

- Hey guys, how's it going?

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My Favorite Places In Canada (Far&Wide Collaboration.)

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