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It’s Cherry Blossom Season!

After the warm and boring winter in Tokyo, finally, spring is coming! Though this year the ICC Hanami event was canceled due to the coronavirus, you all still have plenty of choices to enjoy this beautiful season because the city is going to be filled with Sakura. You can find it in your neighbor’s garden, in your neighborhood park, school and anywhere.

Today, I am going to talk about my experience with Hanami in Tokyo.

Hearing the fame of the cherry blossom in Japan for a long time, I eventually was able to see it with my own eyes 3 years ago when I began my studies at Waseda University. During the spring of my freshman year, I was so excited about it. I visited most of the popular places and saw the joy Hanami brings to everyone. It is hard to tell whether one place is better than another, but I am going to list my personal Top 5 Hanami Places. This is all based on my own preference, and I welcome all of your opinions about your favorite Hanami place.

No. 5 Ueno Park

This is a really interesting place to visit especially in the evening. You will see lots of Japanese office workers sitting under the trees having drinking and welcoming parties. They are very well prepared with picnic sheets, tables, lights, food, drinks and sometimes even mini-refrigerators! I think the cherry blossom season at Ueno Park is a wonderful opportunity for foreigners to know about Japanese company network building and urban culture.

No. 4 Shinjuku Gyoen

Since Shinjuku Gyoen is a well-organized royal garden, besides cherry blossoms there are still many other scenery spots you can enjoy in the garden. Also because it charges an entry fee, there are fewer visitors than other free open spaces. My way to enjoy Shinjuku Gyoen is to bring my breakfast early in the morning, finding a place on the grass near a cherry tree and enjoying the food, sunshine and the peaceful cherry blossoms before the place becomes too crowded. The ideal time for breakfast at Gyoen is before 12:00 am.

No. 3 Kanda River

As a Waseda student, you definitely should not miss this beautiful riverside cherry blossom spot. It is also an alternative to the crowded Meguro River. But instead of making you feel like you’re at a scenic spot, Kanda River makes you feel relaxed and closer to the daily life of Japan. Most importantly, it is close to the campus which means you can casually drop by any time to enjoy the cherry blossom there when you come to school.

No.2 Meguro River

Getting off the train at Naka-Meguro Station, you can feel the popularity of this place immediately. Not only Japanese but tourists from all over the world urge to see the romantic pink Sakura arch along the Meguro River. At night, there are illuminations and it makes the whole place even more beautiful. If you are tired of being part of the crowd, there are lots of distinctive cafés and restaurants for you to enjoy the view and indulge your gourmet side at the same time.

No.1 Chidorigafuchi

If you are looking for a more breathtaking Sakura scene, you should never miss this place. Though there’s nowhere to sit under the trees and it’s usually very crowded, it’s totally worth it. You will be walking along the green-lined paths under the Sakura and watching the blossoms arch over both sides of moat of the Imperial Palace. Boating on the water surrounded by Sakura is also a way to enjoy the beautiful view if you are willing to wait in line for about 2 hours. There is illumination at night. The best part is that you can see Tokyo Tower from there, which makes you feel you are in the Tokyo of your dreams.

Honorable Mention: Rikugien Garden

I want to give an honorable mention to Rikugien Garden because it is quite different from other Hanami places listed above. Rikugien Garden is originally famous for traditional Japanese Garden instead of a Hanami place. However, they have special species of Sakura each tree of which is huge. The garden charges visitors at evening because they have illuminations for the whole garden. Seeing those breathtaking huge trees in the dark is kind of special experience for me.

Find and enjoy the beauty of this season!

Considering the current situation, it is better not to go to crowded Hanami places. You can save this blog for your TO GO LIST for next year. For this year, instead of heading to these popular places, you can try to explore somewhere else maybe just in your neighborhood. I think the excitement of Hanami is not only about where you go, but your feelings. If you are in a good mood and feel energetic, then anywhere would be the best spot for your Hanami. I am sure you will find the best place for you to enjoy the beautiful blossom.


T.L. (Student Staff Leader)

「ぼくはイエローでホワイトで、ちょっとブルー」から 読み取る多様性の奥深さ















S.Y. (Student Staff Leader)

Time is Passing Fast

Well February was a busy month for me, not because I had many shifts at the ICC during the holidays, but because there were also many other things happening.

Firstly, because time is moving on and I am going into my 2nd year of Graduate School, I feel as if I need to make the most of my time at Waseda, and at the ICC, meaning I want to work even harder. I am not sure if I am going to do Japanese job hunting yet, but this year I need to basically learn how job hunting works in Japan. Of course, I know the rules of what to wear and some of the manners but there are so many things that are different from my own country. For example, in Japan, everyone must do self-analysis (to find out what industry they are interested in) and write/prepare a PR statement that it meant to catch the interviewer`s eye. This concept is not so foreign to me, of course we must also explain why we want the job and how our strengths and weaknesses connect with the contents of the role, but the Japanese method feels a lot more detailed and requires more effort. Something I do not particularly like is that everyone basically wears the same thing and there aren’t many chances for individual applicants to show off their personalities (though this is slowly changing).

(and I recommend to take your C.V. photo at a photo studio like I did in Ginza, rather than using the photo booths at the station - Impressions are very important here!)

Another thing that happened is that I turned 24 years old. Naturally I had a good day spending time with friends, but it made me reflect a bit on my life. I am busy with university work, planning events at the ICC and improving my Japanese but there are also so many things I want to do. I studied in Korea before entering Waseda last year, and I have slowly forgotten many words and grammar patterns so I want to make a consistent effort to study a little every day, even if it is just 15 minutes. I learnt how to use Adobe Illustrator just so I could make better posters for our events and I really had fun, so I’ll continue to improve. Lastly, last year I learnt a little bit of programming so I want to fiddle around and make some small projects during my free time.

Sure, this might be a lot of work, it might even be too much work, but I think if you have the drive and willpower you can do anything! Rightly so, I am doing these things for my own satisfaction, but I am also doing them to make me more appealing when I inevitably do job hunting. I do not know if I will work in Japan, or what kind of job I will do but I hope I`ll be able to report back with good news later in the year! I hope job hunting will go well for everyone else, and they can get a job that they are truly happy in!

G.F (Student Staff Leader)







「リヨンの人形劇 ギニョール」







最後に、留学先のトゥールーズの紹介をしたいと思います。トゥールーズはオクシタニー地方にあります。ハンドクリームの「L’Occitane en Provence」というブランドを聞いたことがありますか?駅ビルやショッピングモールでよく見かけることがあると思います。訳すとプロヴァンスのオクシタンという意味になりますが、それぞれ南フランスに位置し、東がプロヴァンス、西がオクシタニーに分割できます。ニースやマルセイユに代表され、フランスの天国のような人気観光スポットとして有名なプロヴァンス地方に対し、あまり観光のイメージがないのがオクシタニー地方です。ヨーロッパ人のバカンスには欠かせないビーチがないこと、そしてパリから離れているのに加え、パリとトゥールーズの間は山が多く、TGVの直通運転がないことが観光地としての発展のマイナス要因となっています。しかし、トゥールーズはフランス第4の都市ということで人口が多く、農業が盛んで、ワインやチーズの産地があり、活気あるマルシェや蚤の市が開催され、世界的に評価されているキャピトル交響楽団やバレエ団を有し、フランスらしいものを一通り経験することができます。また、エアバスの本社があり、コンコルドなど航空史上重要な機体の展示をする博物館もあります。


フランスは一般に石造りの建物が多い中、トゥールーズ周辺は建物に適した固い石がとれなかったため、煉瓦づくりの建物がメインです。昔は煉瓦がオレンジ色だったそうですが、長い年月を経てピンク色になったということで、現在はピンク色の煉瓦の”La ville rose”(バラ色の街)と呼ばれるようになりました。フランスの中でも特にスペインに近く、冬も東京よりは暖かい街中には、テラス席の付いたレストラン・カフェがたくさんあります。バラ色の街並みに囲まれながら、現地の食材を使った郷土料理をテラス席で味わえたら、最高の思い出が作れると思います。


「トゥールーズの郷土料理 カスレ」



À bientôt!


Getting around Tokyo is easy

Do you use train every day in Tokyo? Have you ever got lost in the train station? This article will help you to go around easier in Tokyo with some tips. This year is almost my fourth year in Japan and I hope that you see this one is useful. I have used train in some other countries but for me the train network in Japan is the most complicated.

It looks scary right? But it would be fine if you stay calm and carefully check the signs! And don’t forget that all the staffs are very friendly and always be there for you!

Today I will talk about the city that never sleeps and it almost reach 14 million people this year, Tokyo. It has 882 interconnected rail stations in the Tokyo Metropolis, 282 of which are Subway stations, with several hundred more in each of the 3 surrounding densely populated suburban prefectures. Tokyo is covered by a dense network of train, subway and bus lines, which are operated by about many different companies. People in the city mostly use the train lines by JR East because it’s convenient and famous stations. When I first arrived in Tokyo and lived inside the downtown, I always used JR Yamanote Line. I guess a lot of you have already known this line as it’s passed by Takadanobaba and some other famous spots like Shibuya and Shinjuku. The city’s 13 subway lines are operated by two companies and run largely inside the Yamanote circle and the areas around Ginza and the area east of the loop line. Most of the many suburban train lines commence at one of the six major stations of the Yamanote Line (Yellow-green): Tokyo, Ueno, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Shinagawa.

Besides that, there are some major JR lines in Tokyo: Keihin-Tohoku Line (Light- blue), Chuo/Sobu Line (Local) (Yellow), Chuo Line (Rapid) (Orange), Saikyo Line (Green- blue), Shinkansen.

I have some friends who spend more than 2 hours every day from Chiba or Saitama to Waseda University which makes them very tired when they arrive at school. There are many other lines connect Tokyo with the metropolis’ outer regions and surrounding prefectures. There is one interesting fact is many of the private railway companies also operate department stores usually at their train lines’ major stations. That’s why when you see the name of the line; you will feel familiar because they have many famous department stores around all the famous tourist spots. Some of them are:

  • Kanagawa – Tokyo: Tokyu Railway
  • Saitama – Tochigi (including Nikko): Tobu Railway
  • Tokyo Tama Region – Saitama: Seibu Railway
  • Tokyo Tama Region: Keio Railway
  • Kanagawa: Odakyu Railway (you also can go to Hakone) & Keikyu Railway (including Haneda Airport also)
  • Chiba (connect Narita Airport to central Tokyo): Keisei Railway
  • Akihabara – Tsukuba, Ibaraki: Tsukuba Express

Here are some useful websites for your information:

Another way to go around the downtown is the Tokyo Metro. It’s one of Tokyo’s subway operators. Waseda and Nishi Waseda are the nearest station to Waseda University. There are some major lines: Ginza line (Orange), Marunouchi line (Red), Hibiya line (Silver), Tozai line (Sky blue), Chiyoda line (Green), Yurakucho (Gold), Hanzomon line (Purple), Namboku line (Emerald), Fukutoshin (Brown).

You will find it more easily as the website is very useful and friendly display in English!
Tokyo Metro Website: https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/

Finally, as I’ve said at first paragraph, Tokyo’s train network is very complicated and hard to use but after a few times using, you will feel better as you can follow the website and the train apps on your phone! With a bit of planning and research, you will find it more interesting and easy to go around by yourself!

S.R (Student Staff Leader)

Myanmar in me

An enjoyable night with ICC Myanmar culture night

This will be a very long blog; I hope that you could find it’s not so sleepy. Today I will write about my experience in ICC Myanmar culture night. It was a very nice and fun memory for me. I have met many interesting people and made a lot of friends (of course ate tons of foods, too). Let me tell you a bit about my past experience with Myanmar.

My first knowledge about Myanmar is from Myanmar friends. I’ve met them from The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP). SSEAYP is the program from the Japanese Government which promote friendship and mutual understanding among the youths of Japan and the ten Southeast Asian countries, to broaden their perspective of the world, and furthermore, to strengthen their spirit of international cooperation, and practical skills for international collaboration. Each contingent will have 28 participants and 1 National Leader. The program will hold a few days in Japan including the homestay program and Japan-ASEAN Youth Leaders’ Summit (YLS). After program in Japan, we started our on-board program on the trip name Nippon Maru.  The Government of Japan chartered the Nippon Maru and entrusted its operation to Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line Ltd. for the 42nd SSEAYP in 2015. The Nippon Maru is an ocean liner with an overall length of 166.6 meters and a gross tonnage of 22,472 tons. It is equipped with 202 cabins, a hall, a lounge, a theatre, a library, a Japanese tea room, a swimming pool, a clinic, laundry rooms, a dining room, and grand baths, etc.

“Nippon Maru, sailing the blue ocean…”

The time when I went to Myanmar, it was a few years after the country opened up so I felt that Myanmar people were still not get used to the tourists. The first impression was Myanmar people were very nice and friendly. Because the weather in Myanmar is very hot so both man and woman in Myanmar put the traditional sun cream and wear their traditional clothes everywhere.

Myanmar national costume consists of two sets, one for men and one for women.

I stayed 4 days in Yangon which is the biggest city in Myanmar. Before I came to Myanmar, my image of this country was just the small and not developed country, but when I put my first step in Myanmar, my eyes were wide open because of its beauty and the modernist of the city. My host family was a very happy family which has 4 people. Dad was a songwriter who graduated in America and his daughter was a very famous singer. Mom stayed home and cooked so many delicious foods every day and one young son who was a junior student. Their house construction is not too big and modern but they used the hover board inside house. Everyone has their own latest Samsung phones which made me feel so cool. Because the family was working in the music industry so they owned a lot nice guitars, piano and some other modern instruments. Just in a few days, they took me around the city and shown me all the famous spots of Yangon, I have bought a lot of souvenirs because everything was very cheap and beautiful. Especially for some of my jewellery which I bought from Myanmar, I wear them every day as my luck charms and they always stay the same condition like when I bought them.

Most of all, after a while staying far from my family, I was missing my family vibe a lot. However, I felt like I was in my house when I stayed with them. The yummy foods of Mom, the warm care of Dad and too funny siblings which made me cried a lot before I came back to the Nippon Maru ship after the host program. If I had chance, I will definitely come back to Myanmar and see them again.

When I heard that ICC would hold an ICC Myanmar Culture Night, I immediately cleared my schedule and asked my best friend to join the event with me. There were so many people took part in the event, even Waseda student and other people outside the school also came to the event which made me so surprised. At first, the students from Myanmar did some presentations about Myanmar and even the Counsellor of Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar also gave us an opening speech. Next, there is a professional traditional dancer from Myanmar shown everyone the beauty of their dance and she even taught some individual volunteer learners (including me). The most impression when I stayed close to her was her “beautifulness” and the good smell from the Myanmar cosmetics. The light spots were all focused on her as there was a miracle light made her dance “bling-bling” in front of all the guests.

Myanmar Beauty

As I have mentioned how nice and friendly the Myanmar people are, there foods were a big treat for everyone joined the event. There were many kinds of foods including the main foods and some other snacks. They also brought their famous instant milk tea and coffee for everyone to enjoy which made so impressed.


Oishii snacks and drinks from Myanmar

After the event, I saw everyone were so happy and enjoyable. I bet they had tons of fun and must be so full thanks to Myanmar delicious foods. My friend and I were also very happy and she thanked me a lot for inviting her to the event. She had learned a lot about Myanmar culture as well as made a lot of friends through the event. I hope that ICC will make more events like this in the future!

S.R (Student Staff Leader)

O-Ku-Ri-Mo-No Holiday!

Salvete! SSL(Student Staff Leader)のR.T.です。最近入学したばかりと思っていたらもう12月で、SSLにも後輩ができていました。直近の感想としては、「ラテン語の文法が難しすぎる」。格変化と動詞の活用が多すぎて覚えきれないです…


◆第5位 クルンテープ・マハーナコーン・アモーンラッタナコーシン・マヒンタラーユッタヤー・マハーディロック・ポップ・ノッパラット・ラーチャタニーブリーロム・ウドムラーチャニウェートマハーサターン・アモーンピマーン・アワターンサティット・サッカタッティヤウィサヌカムプラシット(タイ王国)


◆第4位 サマルカンド(ウズベキスタン共和国)


◆第3位 イスタンブール(トルコ共和国)


◆第2位 シンクヴェトリル国立公園(アイスランド共和国)

第2位はアイスランドにある世界遺産、シンクヴェトリル国立公園です!アイスランドは北大西洋にある島国で、歴史はヴァイキングによる植民活動から始まります。長らくノルウェーやデンマークの植民地でしたが、1944年に独立。また古ノルド語で書かれた民俗叙事詩『サガ』が地理的要因から良好な状態で保存されるなど、独特な文化を形成してきました。アイスランドといえばやはりその広大な自然が有名で、シンクヴェトリルはその代表例でしょう。シンクヴェトリル付近は大西洋中央海嶺の地上露出部分となっており、ユーラシアプレートが東に、北米プレートが西に広がっている光景を眺めることができます。各地にギャオ(アイスランド語: gjá)と呼ばれる大地の裂け目が見られ、独特な岩肌や氷河、雪解け水が溜まった湖など、壮大な自然に圧倒されることでしょう。それだけではなく、この地はアイスランドの歴史に深くかかわる場でもあります。930年、植民者たちによってこの地で「アルシング」と称される民主的な全島集会が開催されました。これは単に植民活動の完了を意味するだけではなく、欧州最古の民主的議会の開催として、アイスランドの歴史的方向性を決定するものでした。この人類史のロマンが私の胸に深く突き刺さり、私は死ぬときはこの場所がいいと思っています。みなさんも、この美しい国をぜひ五感で楽しんでください!

◆番外編 碓氷峠(群馬県・長野県)

第1位発表の前に、いま私が一番気になる国内のスポットをピックアップ!その場所とは、群馬県横川と長野県軽井沢を結ぶ難所、碓氷峠です!その特徴はなんといってもその急峻な地形で、長野県側の軽井沢は標高939mと峠 (960m) との標高差がほとんどないのに対し、群馬県側の麓・横川の標高387mと極端な片勾配となっています。そのため、一般的な山脈をトンネルで抜けることで峠越えの高低差を解消できる両勾配を持つ峠と異なり、通行には近代に至るまで多くの困難を抱えてきました。最大66.7‰、水平方向に1000m進んだ時に66.7mの高低差がある状態、といえばその急峻さが伝わると思います。この急勾配を解消するためにアプト式を導入した「横軽」の歴史はここに書ききれないほど興味深いものです。また、碓氷峠にまつわる駅弁で有名なのはいわゆる「峠の釜めし」で、碓氷峠通過に際し補助機関車の連結が必要なために長時間停車するという条件下から流行しました。北陸新幹線操業に伴い信越本線横川 – 軽井沢間は廃止されましたが、現在では北陸新幹線内や麓のドライブインなどでも販売されており、その気分を追体験することができます!

◆第1位 グリーンランド(デンマーク王国)

第1位はヨーロッパ最果ての大地、グリーンランドです!グリーンランドといえばメルカトル図法でやたらと大きく見える寒い島、というイメージでしかあまり知られていないかもしれません。しかし、この島は実に魅力あふれる土地なのです!この島はアイスランドと同じくヴァイキングによる植民活動からデンマーク=ノルウェーの支配を受けることとなりましたが、カラーリット(イヌイット)という先住民たちがいました。キリスト教の影響をふんだんに受けた北欧文化が政治的にも強い影響を及ぼしていた一方で、カラーリットたちは現在に至るまで独自の文化を保持し続けています。また2018年、氷河の大地とフィヨルドの海の間で4,000年前から狩猟生活を営むカラーリット文化が残るイルリサット・アイスフィヨルドはUNESCOの世界遺産に登録され、まさに今注目を集めています。グリーンランドといえば、かのタイタニック号を沈没させた氷河のように氷の大地が広がっていると、私は思っていました。もちろん北極圏には大陸氷河が広がっていますが、しかしその名の通り「緑」が生い茂る場所もあります。夏には平均気温が10度近くまで上がってトナカイやホッキョクウサギなどの哺乳類が顔を見せ、家畜たちは牧草地を駆けます。フィヨルドの間を船で廻って、しばし上陸しその広大な自然に身をまかせる… これが今の私の夢です!




How Mega Cities Survive from Natural Disasters ~A Visit to Underground Discharge Channel~

This year in October, there was a huge typhoon hit the whole Kanto Area. When I went to the grocery shop to purchase food and other necessities, the shelves for all kinds of bottle water and bread were empty. Through the fear of residences in Tokyo, I realized that even big cities could be vulnerable encountering natural disasters. Luckily, most of the areas of Tokyo survived in this typhoon and the heavy rains following. But it raises the question, how mega cities like Tokyo deal with these kinds of crisis?

I happened to learn the theory about public goods and infrastructure construction in my Development class. As an example of a successful infrastructure project that protects public security, our professor reserved a tour of the Metropolitan Outer Area Underground Discharge Channel, 首都圏外郭放水路 in Japanese, in Saitama Prefecture. I have heard this place since couple of years ago. It is famous not only because it protected the capital of Japan and other areas around for lots of times from heavy rains, but also because it was the stage of lots of movies and TV shows.

Metropolitan Outer Area Underground Discharge Channel in Saitama Prefecture is a huge infrastructure project taking over a decade to complete totally. It consists of 5 water tanks in different sizes and a pressure adjusting channel, which is the only part open to the public. The length of this project is 6.3 km and it is completely underground. Compared with other cities in Saitama, according to the manager of this infrastructure operation team, the altitude of Kasukabe city is relatively low which made it often a stricken area of flood and typhoon. To protect the city and Tokyo as well, this project was launched in Kasukabe. Thanks to this infrastructure project, the city of Kasukabe could develop its local industry. Warehouses and factories were built and the local economy became more active than before.

During the heavy rain, this discharge channel gathers the water from the small rivers around this area and near Tokyo, stores it and after the water goes over a certain level inside the channel, it will be pumped into Edo River which is a big river in Tokyo with well-built embankment along it. The place I visited was the office building of the control room and other daily operation located above the pressure-adjusting channel. It has a very lovely nickname  “龍Q館”. It was chosen from hundreds of ideas raised by the public. In the ancient legend, dragon is the animal in charge of rain, lightening and thunders. Q also has a similar pronunciation with the Dragon Palace, the ball dragons always take with, forever in Japanese and AQUA in English as well. The name of 龍Q館 shows the capability of this infrastructure project to control the damage of water disasters and protect the public security.

This field trip gave me an opportunity to see something invisible in daily life but very important to the stability to our city. It was breathtaking to image the scene when huge amounts of water floating through these huge water tanks and channels. Lots of us took the stable life in big cities for granted, but the truth is that lots of people are making efforts behind the scene. To launch such a huge infrastructure, money is not the only inevitable element, the wisdom of architects and engineers, efforts of the residents, and other compromises are also needed to ensure the success of the project. It also builds an example of how infrastructure construction is related to the development of the whole area. I think when we enjoy the happiness of the life in a big city, we should always remember the people who support it in the back and thank for their efforts to make our life better.

T.L (Student Staff Leader)











H.S. (学生スタッフリーダー)



Miss you so much, Korean Food!

Hello everyone. This is the new ICC Student Staff Leader H.S.. Studying abroad in Japan for the first time in my life, the thing I missed for the most is not my family, nor my friends, or even my home (sorry to you all), but Korean food. When I was living in Korea for about 17 years, I had never knew that I would loved Korean food this much. There are Korean restaurants in Japan obviously, but I realized that the Korean food here is not the original taste. These days, I always dream of eating Korean food and I have started to watch Mukbang (videos eating Korean food), which I never watched when I was in Korea, because now I have reached to the level that I can feel full even just watching the Youtubers eating happily. In this article, I am going to introduce four Korean foods that I love the most.

Pork & Kimchi Jjim

First of all, the thing that I want to eat the most is Pork & Kimchi Jjim. Actually, I have never tried this before when I lived in Korea, but since it became popular among the Mukbang stars, I really want to try this delicious food. This one is a very simple dish because it’s just braising pork and kimchi, all in one dish. After watching the Mukbangs, I guess the taste is imaginable even for the ones who have ever tried pork and kimchi before. (My mom promised me to cook it when I return to Korea during the vacation. So excited!)


I was born and lived in Daegu for the most of my life. Daegu is located in the southern part of Korea, above Busan. If you ask Koreans what is the food that first comes to their mind when they think of Daegu, definitely 7 out of 10 will say that it is Makchang which is the food symbol of Daegu. As Makchang refers to pork or beef entrails, there are many people who can’t eat Makchang. However, the people of Daegu especially love it because it was first made in Daegu. There was a really delicious Makchang restaurant in my town, but the restaurant moved to another town and it became very hard to eat Makchang there. However, I have found a new great Makchang restaurant recently, so I can’t wait to try it there!


During cold days like these days, when you want to have a hangover soup(Haejang-guk) after drinking, or when you do not want to eat anything, the food that Koreans probably think of the most is Gukbab. Gukbab is a word that combined Guk and Bab, which refers to soup and rice in Korean. Simply, Gukbab is the food that we can eat rice with a certain soup. There are so many types of Gukbab so I will introduce you some of the bests that I love: Dwaeji(Pork) Gukbab, Sundae(Pork intestines) Gukbab, and Kongnamul(bean sprouts) Gukbab. Dwaeji Gukbab and Sundae Gukbab are the most common ones, while Kongnamul Gukbab is especially famous as a hangover soup. Gukbab tastes are really different in every restaurant, but I get used to the taste of gukbab of the restaurant right in front of my house, that one is the most delicious to me. I will definitely eat one of those Gukbab I have mentioned above, since there is no food better than this in winter.

Korean Chicken

As Korea is famous for its fast delivery service and late-night operation of stores, Koreans love eating Yasik(Late-night food). Among those Yasik, the most favorite one is definitely Korean Chicken (both fried and ovened). Korean Chicken is famouse not only in Korea but also in the world for its various flavors and types. Korean Chicken has a lot of brands and many different popular menues from those brands. Currently, Bburinkle from BHC, Red Combo and Honey Combo from Kyochon Chicken, and Golden Olives from BBQ are the most popular ones recently. Interestingly, many of the major chicken franchises, such as Hosigi Double Chicken, Tang Tang Chicken, and Mexicana Chicken, had started from my hometown, Daegu. I strongly recommend to visit the Daegu Chimac (Chicken&Beer) Festival which is held every summer in Duryu Park, Daegu.

Good news!!! I’m going back to Korea during this winter break! I would love to eat at least five meals a day just to eat all of the foods that I have missed while staying here. I will gain a lot of weight if I eat them all, but it is okay if I am happy. Thank you for reading it all and please visit Korea and try these amazing foods!

H.S. (Student Staff Leader)

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