Male Singer in High Heels

Written by Sarah

July 2012Entertainment

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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)

Pororo, a Champion for Children

Written by Sarah

July 2012Culture

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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)

Korean Roadside Shop Fever

Written by Sarah

July 2012Culture

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Roadside cosmetic shops continue to thrive, adding new customers from all over Asia, particularly women. Korean cosmetic corporations are launching low-cost brands which offer fine quality but at a reasonable cost.

It is surprising that products from low-cost brands show amazing grades from professionals, ranking very high. Meanwhile, long-loved brands whose creams cost as much as 200 dollars are losing awfully to 10-dollar items.

Japanese girls, Chinese girls, and ... (Read More)

Your Grandmother in Korea

Written by Sarah

June 2012Daily Life

 

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  How do you remember your grandmother? Grandmothers in the U.S. are known for their hot chicken soup while grandmothers in Korea are famous for the way they raise their grandchildren. Many grandmothers make their grandchildren go out in the nature and run around. Korean people usually recall their grandmother’s love in the remembrances of playing in mountains and rivers. Because of this, ... (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)

Yeosu Expo

Written by Sarah

June 2012Culture

 

Now, from May 12th to August 12th, Korea will host an EXPO. The background of this exhibition, Yeosu, is known as the most beautiful city in Korea. With the main concept of “The Living Ocean and Coast”, it provides gorgeous seashores. There are so many visitors now that Koreans are actually waiting for the end of the EXPO, since they want to visit the city with no traffic. However, foreigners should visit there while the EXPO is ... (Read More)

Colorful Matsuri

Written by Kate

June 2012Daily Life

Japanese people distract themselves from day to day fatigue and stress by going to summer Matsuri. What is Matsuri? Matsuri is among the most colorful aspects of Japanese life. The original meaning “Matsuri” implies “to call a God.”

In Kyoto the famous Gion Matsuri is celebrated throughout July with various events. During the day, the district of Gion is filled with the energy of tourists and sellers from the street’s ... (Read More)

On the Verge of a New Wave

Written by Seah

June 2012Business

The first pizza shop in Pyeong-yang, North Korea opened in the winter of 2008 and was only available to government officials.  After hearing this news, a contemporary artist named Hwang Kim started planning a project called “Pizza for All.” The project was simply to distribute a pizza recipe among North Koreans, in the same way that the soap operas from the South spread. Surprisingly, feedback came back from North Korea. The artist then made a short film out of the ... (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)