STORY OF THE WEEK: From Japan to Canada; Years of Friendship #2

Hello once again! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed our story last week, because we are not yet done. Here’s the second part of Toshi-san’s wonderful experience.



Source: Toshi-san

For him, the best seasons are Summer, Spring and Autumn. These seasons are so good that he cannot choose one as the experiences are always memorable.

Of course, Canada is nothing without its people. Toshi-san says that there are good and bad people, like many others. His friend however, is a teacher in high school. His ancestors were from Germany and Scotland.

Years ago, his friend got married in Ottawa, which is the main city of Canada. The young husband has a business in Grand Prairie. They raised four children. Up until now, they still live there.

People in Canada come from different countries,. Toshi said. There are many kinds of people, except for those who are originally living in Canada in the old times. It is very different from the Japanese. For about 2,550 years in history, almost all of them are pure Japanese



Ottawa (source: Toshi-san)

I am delighted at Toshi’s great memory of the past. Everything seemed fresh and remembering these is a trip down memory lane. Finally, here’s his message for those who wants to visit Canada.


“Canada is all the same. It is the second biggest country in the world;. very very spacious. We cannot move without cars. Of course, there are trains available but it comes once or twice a day. When you move from one town to another, there’s about 400 or 500 km. There is no traffic jam, just a few cars.”

There you go guys! Toshi-san is encouraging you to explore Canada and experience a diverse culture without thinking about getting late to your next destination.


See you! 🙂





STORY OF THE WEEK: From Japan to Canada; Years of Friendship #1


Hello everyone! 🙂Story of the Week Yellow.png

Thanks for your continuous support.

I recently met Toshi-san, Japanese.  He enjoys playing golf and had been to numerous countries in his lifetime. He is really nice and he has many things to share and now, I am very excited to share something about his love for Canada and how he met people along the way.


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First, Canada is cooler than Japan in the summer time. Toshi-san went to Vancouver, Calgay, Banff Springs and Lake Louise, Canada. It has rocky mountains. He played golf. At that time, he made a friend; one couple. It has been 23 years ago and until now, they are still friends. They send letters. In 1999, he asked them if they had plans in year 2000, and since there hasn’t been any plans, he invited the couple to visit Osaka. It was the memorial year. It was such an exciting event for Toshi-san. With humor, he told the couple not to forget their wallets of course. 🙂



Welcoming Party for Toshi and his wife

In 10 days, they enjoyed Kyoto, Tokyo and some relaxing hot springs. That was in 2000. Since then, they enjoyed meeting up every 2 years. In 2002, Toshi and the couple went to Canada once again. In 2004, they joined a Caribbean Cruise. In 2006, they met in Prague and played golf. In 2008, they enjoyed their Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver. The trip lasted for a week. It was followed by several catching-ups. From there, they have established a lifetime friendship they will never forget.

Of course it doesn’t end there. Other than the beauty of traveling, Toshi-san have had good experiences with other people. I asked him if there was a food that he had never tried in Japan. And yes,there was.

One time, the couple called their friends. There were 4 couples invited + Toshi’s  friends (1 couple) and him.

“I would like to tell you about the meat from Alberta state. First, there’s this western story wherein cows will fight. As you may know, Jeans at that time comes from cows. I think it was about 100 years ago when gunmen guarded 3000 cows from the East to the North. They traveled with the cows from the American and Canadian border until the end of the state, Alberta. That’s the history. Anyway, I really enjoyed eating the Alberta steak. We had a meat party that night.”

I am pretty amazed by the way Toshi-san tells me a story. I wanted to know more so I asked if he had ever been interested in learning French. Unsurprisingly, he said Yes. In fact, he studied French in Kansai University 63 years ago. And with that, I chuckled in amazement. Of course, he laughed too. He was such a pleasure to talk to. He said that he even witnessed World War II and at that time, he’s 12 years old.

How cool is that?! 🙂


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