I know we all EDC for various reasons. There is probably a lot of reasons we share in common and for some, relatively unique ones. I am in a position where I've been living outside the US in the Philippines for roughly four months now and I still EDC my usual stuff. I am not surprised to see quite a few people EDC'ing here as there is alot of collusion culture-wise between the USA and the Philippines. But outside of the P.I. how many people in SE Asia EDC? In China, outside the airsoft crowd? Or Japan, where they have a greater frequency of earthquakes? Seems relatively few. Then again, it could be I'm just culturally "isolated" and not seeing evidence due to my western internet search engine preferences. It got me to thinking, just how much of a phenomenon is EDC worldwide? Is it primarily a western culture kind of thing? Then again, I have a personal suspicion that much of the spread involves freedom to carry weapons such as knives. Once you have that "gateway" item (for lack of a better term) it just expands at that point. Japan, as many know, has very strict knife laws. I've always found it ironic that the land that created the Katana, the normal Japanese person can't carry a 3" folding knife. For the sake of discussion, I am not really including cultures in extreme parts of the world like the Amazon or arctic circle where survival dictates whatever survival dictates. I'm talking about your typical countries that have a mixture of cities and rural areas. Anyway, I'm curious especially for forum members outside the USA, are you a peculiar, rare kind of specimen in your normal environment? Or is EDC'ing much larger around the planet than I suspect it to be?