6 things I wish I knew before moving to Denmark

Hey you!
Today I thought of trying to look back the time when I first moved to Denmark.

There are a couple things still I remember as a culture shock, so I want to share that with you. Enjoy!

  1. Brutal Winter. Oh my freaking god. Nobody had told me how WINDY and cold Denmark winter was. It was February when I came to Denmark… and I had this short and light and lalala cuty winter jacket that I was wearing in Tokyo.I had to come home after being outside for 5 minutes and I muttered to husband ; ” your country is fucking cold.”  my lips were purple.Now, I have this manly heavy-duty winter jacket that covers my ass and I’m all set for Danish winter!

I think it’s only Japanese in the whole world who takes a bath everyday (?).

(hey Asian fellows, do you guys take a bath? or only shower in your country?)

Taking a hot bath means HUGE for Japanese life. Like you know, you eat, poop, and sleep.  For Japanese, eat, poop, bath, sleep.

I always enjoy the hot long bath before going to bed otherwise, I feel like my day isn’t completed.
When I came to Denmark I brought my favorite bath salt from Japan, thinking it was perfect for winter time.

How wrong was I.

In Denmark it’s not common to have a bathtub in an apartment. So for me, no matter where I go in Denmark – the chance to take a bath is quite small, unless I go to a house.

The bath salt is still in a box sitting in our bathroom for 5 years.

I’m seriously thinking about buying this buth tub.   Anybody has it?? Is it good?

I just wanna go back to the past and punch me.
There were a lot of days that I just stayed home watching TV while the sun was shining. I just didn’t care about the sun.

ah, stupid me!  People may say Don’t waste food.  I’d go, Don’t waste Sun.

Despite of brutal winter, it’s extremely warm and comfortable in Danish houses. I think Scandinavia has the best warmest houses for cold weather.

Me, coming from cold Japanese houses (I mean it, they are, really really  ice cold. )
it was a nice surprise.  The house is warm 24 hours a day, days and nights!!! Can you believe that?!

So I was ready for the winter and I had totally imported a koatsu from Japan…I thought I would be perfect… but Danish houses were more perfect than me.

The kotatsu has been still in a box for 5 years.

I had brought some microwavable rice from Japan. When I was too lazy to cook rice, I would reheated had eaten those. To me microwave is a must-have item so I was complete shock to see some Europeans don’t have it…..

I just don’t know how they reheat Rice, Yakisoba, or Okonomiyaki … to me Microwave is too useful to miss.  People say I’d get cancer. I choose to get cancer to get some hot steamy rice in 30 seconds.

I was hungry so I just took a piece of bread and spread peanut butter and jam.
On dark rybread. It didn’t taste good….

That’s all for now!
Sorry this post got a big long, but hope you guys enjoy it.


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  1. Nadia D. says:

    What about the toilet?
    (I still don’t understand why the Japanese toilets aren’t sold in the rest of the world – they’re fantastic! Surely you must miss them?)

    Also… What do you think of the dessert culture in Denmark?
    (When I went to Japan, I encountered so many strange hybrids! Fruit in a sandwich? Is is lunch? A dessert? A mix? Makes no sense! Toast with whipped cream? Dessert or lunch!?!)

    • Koko says:

      Hey Nadia!
      Hahah true! Japanese toilets – that’s coming to a new episode of ” Things I still can’t get used to after living in Denmark for years” 😉 I hate the cold toilet seats….saddness!

      I actually never liked those bread + whipped cream thing. They just don’t go together…. heh!