June 25, 2017
Hello everyone, and welcome back to our videos! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? A full month, it seems. We were in Canada for three weeks. The first two were with our families, as there was a bit of an emergency we needed to be there for, and the last week was for our ten year wedding anniversary. Ten years! We went to a cottage in Huntsville with no internet and thought about what retirement might look for us down the road. Quick answer: in a cottage surrounded by mosquitos and blackflies is not for us!
But we’re back in Japan now, and we’re so happy to be here. Legitimately really really happy. When we first moved here we were excited to start something new, but now that we’ve been here for almost a year and a half, our return to Japan felt a lot different for us. A friend sent us a Line message saying “welcome back to your REAL home,” which I can’t say for sure if Japan is our real home, but there was a strong sense of homecoming this time around.
Some things in Canada really struck us as odd this time around. We talk about it a bit in our podcast, but it’s really the taste of food that surprised us the most. And so, it only makes sense now that we’re back in Japan that we buy the most expensive and luxurious fruit and see what it’s like!
I think this is probably the best time for us to do this video. Why? Because our tastebuds change every time we travel. For instance: when we first came to Canada, we went to Tim Horton’s right away, and we got the bagel BELT, which we get every time we go back to Canada and love it. This time, though, when we had it, it tasted HORRIBLE. Just horrible. It was just salt condensed into different textures. But, after three weeks, we had Tim Horton’s again before flying out, and it tasted significantly better. It could be that the first and last time we had it prepared differently, sure, but it can also be, I think, that our tastes adjusted in eating Canadian food for three weeks. Side note: I didn’t know how much I FREAKING LOVE CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH. I gained five pounds from eating it everyday. I’ve lost three of those pounds since coming back but damn it’s good. The point is, now that our tastebuds have adjusted back to Canadian flavours, I feel like we can describe this melon in more relatable ways to the majority of you watching from North America, no?
So, how can I say this in a way that’s understandable? These melons are just unfathomably delicious. Please, anyone here reading this let me know: do any of you actually like musk melons? I hated it in Canada. Just hated it. It could very well be because I’ve only had shitty versions of it, mostly added as an afterthought in a sidebowl of fruit to accompany the main dish. Every time I had melon it was tough and just tasted wrong. All of the cantaloupe I’ve had before Japan was monkeyballs awful as well. It’s only here that I’ve had cantaloupe and melons that taste delicious. Actually legitimately delicious. Not like “oh yeah, I can eat this without hating myself,” which is what I’d do with melon regularly. Here, the melon is just amazing. It’s sweet and flavourful, in a way that I can only compare to a melon candy, if you’ve had melon candy. Melon in Japan tastes like those candies. Better than those candies. Melon in Japan isn’t so tough that you ask yourself whether it’s ripe or not.
Honestly, I think it might be that so much of the produce I ate in Canada and America is imported when it’s out of season. I remember walking to a Metro in Canada and walking past the produce section, and seeing a sign for “PREMIUM BANANAS.” All of the bananas were greener than the melon we’re eating. Deep freaking green. HOW THE HELL ARE THESE PREMIUM?! Sweet mercy I’d hate to see what an average banana is like, then, if hard unripe bananas are considered premium. I remember thinking the same thing when we were walking through a Shopper’s Drug Mart and seeing Premium Lube. WHAT THE HELL IS CHEAP LUBE THEN?! And is it safe to put on my special bits?
This brings me to a bit of a point here: we walked through lots of stores and saw tons of weasel words like this, words used to make bad products seem better than they actually are, and it led me to wonder a bit about censorship in the media. I mean, parents want to censor video games because they’re worried it’ll influence their kids into murdering people, which is a super dubious claim. Why aren’t advertisements and marketing more strictly regulated? Advertisements directly and intentionally try to influence people, adults and kids, into buying shit they don’t need, influence them into buying into a lifestyle they can’t afford, influence them into bad money management and debt. Ok I’m gonna stop. I think I’ve become too much of a hippie from my three weeks in Canada. It’s ok, though: my sensibilities will re-adjust here in Japan. But I doubt I’ll think less of this melon. It’s so damned good.
But ain’t no way in hell I’d spend $140 on it again!
Also, extra scenes here, if you feel like it!