Lotus Lantern Festival

Written by Aaron

May 2013Entertainment

With the passing of Buddha's birthday, the city of Seoul celebrates this moment with a three day packed celebration known as the Lotus Lantern Festival. Starting off on May 10 with a lantern exhibition at Bongeunsa Temple, it isn't until the next day where the real fun begins. The festivities kick off with some song and dance, and move onto parade that spans for two and a half hours. From Dongdaemun ... (Read More)

Shopping In A Myeong-dong Fashion

Written by Aaron

May 2013Entertainment

One of the hottest spots in Seoul to cater to all your needs is Myeong-dong. It is a commercial district where you can find a diverse variety of food to eat and an endless amount of clothing stores to shop. While the main streets may be filled with stores and restaurants, aimed toward attracting an endless amount of tourists, there are also several cafes, PC bangs, DVD bangs, and even two ... (Read More)

Amusement Park Musings

Written by Aaron

April 2013Entertainment

Everyone loves amusement parks. Its a place for people of all ages, from old to young. Whether you are going there with family or simply enjoying the rides with friends, its undoubtedly a place to go when pondering to yourself of what to do as the weather warms up.

The main two amusement parks in Seoul, Korea continue to be Lotte World and Everland. While the former is easier to get to, and more ... (Read More)

A Bit Of Gentleman

Written by Aaron

April 2013Entertainment

South Korean rapper PSY is at it again with his new release entitled "Gentleman." Filled with hilarity and foolishness, the music video seems to consist of the same elements that made "Gangnam Style" so viral. From beautiful Korean women to downright wild acts from Psy, the beat is more closer to the electronic genre. While the song is great overall, it doesn't seem to be as catchy or exciting as the ... (Read More)

Samgyeopsal Culture

Written by Joanne

April 2013Entertainment

Picture source: By ♥ ™ Lia 정서연 ™ ♥ — 얼음소녀's Flickr

As Anthony Bourdain once famously claimed, “…that was one of the very few times we kept eating after the cameras stopped rolling.”  In case you are wondering, he was referring to the samgyeopsal dinner he was having with acquaintances in Korea. 

The main attraction of a samgyeopsal dinner is the pork belly, which is what the word “samgyeopsal” means.  There is an ... (Read More)

Anime Merchandising

Written by Michael

February 2013Entertainment

Japan is famous for its manga (comic books, graphic novels), as well as for its anime (animation).  Once a manga gains in popularity, there will invariably be an animated version in the making.  Once the anime becomes famous, the collectables and merchandising start hitting the store shelves.  There are companies that specialize in producing these animation-related goods.  These not only include T-shirts and shoes that feature the characters, but also figurines, ... (Read More)

Visiting Kyoto-Jidai Matsuri

Written by June

October 2012Entertainment

 

 

 

(Kazunomiya princess)

Jidai Matsuri, which means the “Era Festival” in Japanese, is one of the top three festivals in Kyoto. Although not as well-known as Gion Matsuri, it is special in its own way: you can actually get to see the history of Kyoto through the famous historical characters that had lived there. All the characters in the parade are Kyoto citizens wearing the clothes made in the traditional way. You can see the fabrics getting thinner as ... (Read More)

Japan – Land of the Vending Machine

Written by Sarah

October 2012Entertainment

Starting from a tobacco slot machine in 1888, the Japanese vending machine business has been developing for many years. The entire country has a total number of around 5,220,000 machines, and they are widely used for the reason that they are safe and have few thieves. Even though the U.S. has 7,480,000 machines, considering the land is 25 times bigger than this island country, Japan can easily be named "the land of the vending machine."

Their ... (Read More)

Before Stars Are Born

Written by Admin

August 2012Entertainment

Korea's streets are filled with famous  Kpop stars, music, films, and advertisements. Hongdae on the other hand, is one of the few places where independent artists get a chance to show themselves in ways that most popular music genres don't embrace.



That's why if you walk down the Hongdae neighborhood at night, you can spot street performances from all sorts of young musicians and college students looking to make themselves known, even if for just ... (Read More)

Experience Japanese Movies

Written by Victoria

August 2012Entertainment

 

Old samurai movies from Japan’s feudal past are nostalgia inducing to Japanese and a special cinematographic gem for everyone else. Fascinating in story-telling and background setting, it is no wonder that old Japanese costume movies have gained in popularity as insider tips among movie fans. Now, there is also the opportunity to experience and learn more about them in the Toei Eiga Mura!

The Toei Eiga Mura, or Toei Movie Land in English, is an ... (Read More)

Karaoke for the lonely

Written by Victoria

August 2012Entertainment

 

Karaoke is a popular pastime in Japan as well as in Korea. Frequented by young and old alike, singing your heart out to the instrumental version of widely known pop songs aided by the display of the lyrics on a screen in front of you, Karaoke or Noraebang in Korean is the preferred way of relieving stress and enjoying a fun time with your peers or the people from work.

In this vein, the social ... (Read More)

Male Singer in High Heels

Written by Sarah

July 2012Entertainment

Image source: flickr

A Korean male singer -- see above -- is currently the talk of the town for his amazing stage debut in high heels.

On July 1st, Jo Kwon performed his debut stage as a Korean male singer. It was a big surprise when he appeared in high heels, but it was even more of a surprise when the audience realized they were 19.5 cm high! Some female idols have been appearing on ... (Read More)