The Metal Delivery Box (철가방)

Written by Joanne

October 2012Culture

Source: Trekker Drew

One of the unique designs that sets Korea apart from other nations is the metal delivery container.  When you think of delivery, you think of boxes of pizza and paper/plastic bags.  The reason why the metal container is a popular choice of delivery method is because the inside is compartmentalized and can hold bowls of food without spilling (in Korea, food is delivered in plastic bowls and plates wrapped ... (Read More)

Bindae-ddeok and Traditional Markets

Written by Joanne

August 2012Culture

picture source: Seoul Korea's Flickr

 

Bindae-ddeok and Traditional Markets

Korea’s traditional markets are an exciting contrast to the modernity that permeates the city.  Ask any tourist who has been to Korea about the one thing that sticks out on their trip here, most likely the answer will be “the markets” which perfectly symbolize what Korea is today; modern but traditional, busy, colorful, unique, and diverse.  At the market, you will see charming elders selling ... (Read More)

Eye of Shinjuku

Written by Sarah

August 2012Culture

Image source: flickr

This is an artwork installed in Shinjuku station, Japan. It is distorted by a special lens yet the real feature is rather flat. At first it might be feeling awkward and queer but you can be accustomed to it when you see the feature in daily life. Even Japanese people regard this big eye as an meeting place.

A Grand Palace

Written by Admin

August 2012Culture

 

There are five "Grand Palaces" that belonged to the Joseon dynasty in Korea, and Changdeokgung is one of them. Despite being once damaged during the occupation of Japan, much of it has been restored to it's traditional beauty.

Belonging to many generations of royal family, there are certain areas in the government complex designated for the royal king and queen. The king's surroundings are especially fortified by numerous layers to prevent an attack by an ... (Read More)

Gundam Front Tokyo

Written by Victoria

August 2012Culture

 

Fan of anime and manga? Are you especially fond of the action series Gundam? Then of course Japan has the right place for you!

All started out with a giant Gundam statue exhibited on the Odaiba ocean front. Later on this year, Bandai Co. rolled out a full scale museum, exhibition and retail space solely dedicated to one of its most popular anime series, Gundam, the Gundam Front Tokyo. The museum boasts life-sized replicates taken ... (Read More)

Japanese Luxury Burgers

Written by Victoria

August 2012Culture

Picture by Wendy's

 

The classic burger gets a make-over.

After retreating from the Japanese market in 2009, the American fast food chain Wendy’s has returned and this time around offers something more than your usual burger.

Topped with luxurious ingredients like lobster and caviar, Wendy’s Lobster Surf & Turf Burger and the Premium Caviar & Lobster Sandwich are to be available for a limited time at select Tokyo locations among them the soon to be ... (Read More)

The Origins of Bibimbab

Written by Sarah

July 2012Culture

Image source: flickr

This is a Korean dish called bibimbab. You can put rice, fried egg, meat, and any vegetables you want. There is variance but usually restaurant hosts put some bean sprouts, spinach, ground meat and vegetables. As it is delicious, highly healthy, and aesthetically pretty, it has been recommended to foreigner’s for a long time. Every ingredient is ready to be eaten, and all we have to do is ... (Read More)

North Korean Dancing Girl

Written by Sarah

July 2012Culture

Image source: flickr

This is a picture of a girl from North-Korea dancing in her pretty Hanbok, a traditional Korean dress. Details about the story are not known, yet the face of the girl is highly impressive.

What she is wearing, a jacket with sleeves of multicolored stripes, is called "saekdong jeogori", meaning simply, a "colorful jacket". It is mostly worn by little girls as the garment itself indicates ... (Read More)

Hanbok

Written by Sarah

July 2012Culture

Image source: flickr

This is a traditional Korean dress called "hanbok" for women. The skirt is long enough to look like any other modern dress while the jacket is really short. The whole atmosphere of the traditional Korean dress is simple and elegant.

While different in details depending on social class, traditional Korean female clothes all share the same basics which are roughly the jacket and skirt. The jacket in ... (Read More)

Dinner Over the River

Written by Sarah

July 2012Culture

Image source: flickr

This picture shows people enjoying their meal right over the river. It is in the middle of a hot summer but it seems really ‘cool’.

What we see here is called ‘Kawadoko’, meaning river bank in Japanese, where people can enjoy delicious Kyoto cuisine on a table set over a river. The concept originates from a long time ago from a region in Japan that was too ... (Read More)

Japanese Sweets

Written by Sarah

July 2012Culture

Called “Youkan” in Japan and “Yangang” in Korea, these colorful little things are traditional Asian red bean jelly sweets. Made from agar, a jelly material similar with gelatin but with 0 calories, these Asian sweets are really popular with everyone. People love it with a cup of tea or as presents for special occasions thanks to their charming appearance.

Especially in Japan, there are literally thousands of pretty Youkan. Typical ... (Read More)

Modern Japanese Literature

Written by Victoria

July 2012Culture

photo source: flickr

 

There is more to modern Japanese literature than Haruki Murakami.

While Haruki Murakami's novels have taken the world by storm with good right, Japan has always churned out world class literature before his time already. Take 'The Tales of Genji' from the early 11th century, for example! Did you know that it is handled as the world's very first novel ever? Other famous Japanese writers include Natsume Soseki, ... (Read More)

Korean Ramen – Typical food item for Korean citizen

Written by Sarah

July 2012Culture

The red noodles in the picture above are Korean instant cup ramen, a delicacy for everybody.

Korean Ramen, known for its hot and salty taste, is definitely something special to Koreans. There are many variations and flavors, ranging from refreshing, cool noodles, to extremely hot and spicy ones.  New brands enter the market every year, and some of these new items become the talk of the town. Korean ramen has ... (Read More)

Pororo, a Champion for Children

Written by Sarah

July 2012Culture

image source: flickr

The little penguin in the picture is actually a hero in Korea and nearby countries. He is known jokingly as President Po, named after his real character name, Pororo and his loveable characteristics among children.

Pororo was created in 2003, along with a number of his friends which can also be found on the cake above. The basic story is that all of them are enjoying their lives in ... (Read More)

Custom Korean Toys - Mustoy Dolls

Written by Sarah

June 2012Culture

  This is a toy a customer made in a café in Korea. The name of the café, and the brand name of the toy doll is Mustoy. In Asian culture, mu(無) is the Chinese character for "nothing", or an infinite space where nothing has started yet. In this café, the toy first sold in the form where nothing has been attached or drawn, or in the state of ‘mu’ so ... (Read More)

The Rhythms That Make You Crazy

Written by Seah

May 2012Culture

“It thrills you, it blows your mind, it makes you laugh out loud and it even makes you cry. It is the rhythm of Korea we make, " said Kim Duk-Soo, the director of the "Pan "performance and legendary performer of traditional Korean art “Samulnori”.

Samulnori is a set of powerful drum performances, one of the most popular traditional Korean musical performing arts. It is well known for its extraordinary beats and sounds ... (Read More)