Though referred to by some as “America’s hat,” Canada is actually one of the most highly regarded countries in the world. In fact, it was recently ranked the most admired by the Reputation Institute, with Sweden, Switzerland, and Australia following. Of course, this survey was apparently focused on respondents in G8 countries, so there was probably a bit of a bias, but it’s obvious that many think quite highly of the large country.
But what do young Japanese people think of Canada? Would they like to visit? And how much do they actually know about the country anyway? Watch the video below to find out and see if you beat these (mostly) college students in some Canadian trivia!
If you watch a lot of YouTube videos about Japan, there’s a good chance you’ve seen some by Rachel and Jun, a married couple who make videos about Japan and their lives. We’ve shared a few of their videos before, so be sure check them out if you haven’t already!
In a video released last week, Rachel, American, and Jun, Japanese, asked a few different groups of young Japanese people what they think and know about Canada. As someone from the U.S., I have to admit that my knowledge of Canada is woefully lacking. I’m curious to see if these guys know more than me.
The first question was: What do you think about when you think about Canada? There were a number of answers, but one seemed particularly common: "maple syrup," followed by "It's cold."
Another question stumped pretty much everyone they asked: Who is Canada’s leader?
Fortunately, everyone had an answer for this question: Who are some famous Canadians? After a bit of debate, this group came up with Justin Bieber, while another said Taylor Swift, who is actually from the U.S.
So, what stereotypes do these Japanese people have of Canada? First, here are some of the good ones! Along with auroras, beautiful nature, and all around nice people, Canada also apparently features a lot of people who speak French and it's not very eventful.
One more question proved to be really tricky. What is Canada’s capital? It turns out it’s not Toronto.
Source: YouTube (Rachel & Jun)
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