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Wonsuk Choi



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PostSubject: Think about Japan   Fri 3 Mar ŗ 10:26

Hi, I'm a Korean who is living in the closest nation from Japan.


Though I have not been Japan before, I knew some musicians and movies of Japan. In fact, my musical hobby have been started after the time that I had heard the song of X-Japan 'TEARS'. It was wonderful experience to listen their music. Also I like to see Iwai Shunji's movie.


It seems like the culture of Japan is recognized for music, movie, food, book, in large sight. And it is interesting for us that every branch has each special character. From puzzling metropolis of Tokyo to the waterway of Otaru, to ultrafashionable place to beautiful tradition are living together. This is charming point of Japan.

It is hard to say about Civilization is hard. Also to say about Political-Historical issues between Korea and Japan is very difficult. In some countries, including Korea, which were stroke by Japanese Nation before, to comment about above issues is hard, too.

However, although there is a cultural understanding, we have to authorize a fact that still some people has tough social feeling to Japan. But if we lived with past emotion and negative feeling, our History would locked in the Mobius strip.

I hope we can be more honest about our past and future.
And also want to get more chance to communicate together.
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Mon 6 Mar ŗ 21:48

You guys are lucky really hi-tech gadget users, aren't ya? :}
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PostSubject: I agree with you, but-   Tue 7 Mar ŗ 9:59

Hi, Petr! I visited your blog just a minutes before.
I could't read almost all of your language but could understand roughly.

Thank you for your positive comment about Korea's high-technological gadgets. I agree with you that Korea and Japan have outstanding technology on electronical things. In fact, about 10years ago, Korean engineers went Jananese companies to learn skills of them. It was the start of our technology. Now, although not at all fields, Korea can make better products than Japan. : ) But, Still technology of Japan is one of the highest in the world. There are lots of things Korea have to learn from Japan.

Just now, We are seeing television with mobile on the street, in the metro,
outside with our friend. If you visit Korea, you will see many interesting views with our technology. And soon, our life will change with the "Ubiquitous". You can see some information about it at here.
-You can see the english version with a click "ENGLISH" at downward of page.
-I recommend "Utopia" section.
http://www.u-dream.or.kr/
site of Ministry of Information and Communicate Republic of Korea


But, I want to say this.

Though we have very good skill at some fieds of technology, we also have many problems with this. People don't write a snail mail with friend anymore, Students are using mobile phone to much and do not read a book, because there are enormous informations on the Internet.

High technology makes wonderful change with our life, but not always good. However, whenever you will visit Korea, I can show you those.
- Oh, sorry, I have to do my duty for the army until this December. So, please visit after then. : ) study
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Tue 7 Mar ŗ 18:00

as asked, here s a copy of MASA reply in the old forum

Hi Sebastien and Everyone,

I am new from Tokyo, Japan. I live in a kind of old town.
There are some historical things arround my living.
For example, see the following shrine,
http://www.ukiyoe-gallery.com/kameido.htm
which is someone's site, not mine, though.

And I will answer some questions from Sebastien...,

sebastien wrote:

great japenese civilsation ? <What is a geisha ? a samourai , a triad ? What is manga , why is it so popular.

You mean "civilization" and "Samural", right?
For "civilization", it is too large to tell you in this short comment.
I will discuss this for more detail topic if you want.

I have not seen Geisha so much. There may be many geishas someplace, though. Have someone had any experience with Geisha, other Japanese member?
And you hardly can't see Samurai, only on TV or some attractions.
I think manga is so popular in Japan. There are many manga cafes.
Those manga cafes work as net cafes. I sometimes go to such a manga
and net cafe to relax and watch some news or blogs on net.

Quote:
Do they like Sushi as we like ?

Yes, I love sushi!! I eat sushi at least twice a month and eat seasonal fishes each time.
And many japanesepeople like sushi, I guess. You can see so many people in sushi restaurants.
There are so many kind of sushi restaurants, cheep or luxually, face-to-face style or sushi machine.

Quote:

What is the most popular music in japan?
I am not sure about this topic. Could someone comment for it?

Oh, I forgot that I have a very Japanese thing!
My wife is now playing a very traditional instrument, KOTO, a japanese harp,
like this, http://www.ubenippo.co.jp/skiji/2004/kusunoki/img/koto.jpg
this picture is NOT related to my wife or me, though, someone else...
If someone is interested in KOTO, let me know. I will explain it more.

Thanks,
Masanori[/b]


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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Wed 8 Mar ŗ 17:46

This topic is about Japan, is there anyone from Japan ?

I've got a japanes Motorcycle, a Japanes radio, I've eaten in a Japanes restaurant but i've never talked (writen) with a Japanes person. lol!

I'm from Holland and (as far as i know) there are no Japanese people in our village so please responce.
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Thu 9 Mar ŗ 13:56

Hi,

I am from Japan. I am now in Atlanta for business, and I found very interesting food at a Japanese restaurant. Japanese Hot dog! I've never seen and even heard in Japan. It's like a fried Sushi roll with strong taste souce! It is a kind of surprising experience for me.

Anyway, let me say hello.
If you have any question about Japan, ask me.

Thanks,
Masanori

betuwe wrote:
This topic is about Japan, is there anyone from Japan ?

I've got a japanes Motorcycle, a Japanes radio, I've eaten in a Japanes restaurant but i've never talked (writen) with a Japanes person. lol!

I'm from Holland and (as far as i know) there are no Japanese people in our village so please responce.
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Thu 9 Mar ŗ 17:07

the food you found in America did me think about the conviction in great parts of the world that we (in Holland) walk on wooden shoes and our land is filled with tullips.

In our country we've also Japanese restaurants and i believe that the menu can also be a suprise for you.

at the moment i don't have a question however i wonder how life will be in Japan, and how the country looks like.
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Fri 10 Mar ŗ 11:09

Thank you for your e-mail to invite me to your forum, Sebastien.
Hello everybody. My name is Mayumi. I am a Japanese girl. I live in Hyogo, Japan with my husband.

>What is geisha?
Geisha is a kind of job, Id say. They have to get a lot of trainings to be geisha, such as nihonbuyo or Japanese traditional dance, samisen(a musical instrument), singing and so on since they are very young. Probably they need to leave their own places and live in the special place for the trainings. Geishaís gei means an art and performance, sha means a person. Those trainees who are not proficient geisha yet are called Ďmaiko-saní. Am I right, other Japanese guys? Geisha entertain people who are having a party in Kyoto. People call geisha to the banquet place. Geisha wear kind of kimono but much fancier kimono than ordinal one. Recently you can wear this kind of outfit, I mean kimono and special shoes and hairstyle and all for maiko-san, at some shops in Kyoto. You wear everything and become look like a real maiko-san and get pictures taken and you can walk around. People in Kyoto are doing as a tourist business.
Itís a very traditional thing and the number of geisha is getting smaller, I heard.
Iíd like to answer the other questions someday.

Iím doing podcasting blog, where I am talking mainly about tiny tiny customs in Japan. Please take a visit and listen to me if you like.
http://mayumik.seesaa.net/
ďOsaka dialect Japanese lesson in EnglishĒ

Thank you very much. Talk to you later.
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Fri 10 Mar ŗ 14:52

Hello Mayomi,

I saw some pictures of your country, Kobe and the bridge, Mt.Rokko and so on. What a nice country is Japan.

It's a pity that it is so far away from Holland.

What do you, or your husband do for a living ? And how is the winter in Japan, on the internet I see trees with snow and ice.

Greatings from Holland,

Gerard

tanoshii ichinichiwo osugoshi kudasai. dewa, mata.

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PostSubject: japan past   Sun 12 Mar ŗ 0:07

Hi Mayumi
first of all, i listen to your podcast and found your voice really charming. I was near to ask for japenese lessons. Anyway, it was very interesting = as english teacher there are Tim (england) , Azra (swizz) and Monica ( brazil) involved in our group. I think you can share with them ideas.
You post a quote from Einstein about learning from the past. what do you think are the important values japenese people learnt from the past ? Ganbare Mayumi !
Moreover, in your podcast you said, i quote : "Japanese are kind of sexually unattractive, arenít they?". can you developp your idea ?
by the way, i got two answers from members about geisha and none gives details as it was a taboo ?
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Sun 12 Mar ŗ 13:24

Arigato(thank you) for your kind words, Gerard.
I think Holland is nice, too. There is a theme park in Nagasaki. The park is replica of places and things in Holland. (the name of the park is Huis Ten Bosch http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/index.html ) Have you ever been to Huis Ten Bosch Palace? I love the inner garden. It was very beautiful.

My husband is a bank clerk and I am an English teacher. I didnít want to say I am teaching English because I feel ashamed of my poor English ability.
How about you? What do you do

We have snow once in a while in winter around my place. We have a lot of snow in northern part in Japan. We had much more snow this winter and people in snowy district had a lot of trouble.

Itís kind of you to stop by my site. I appreciate it very much.

Thank you again.
Take care. Matane.(See you again) Surprised

Thank you very much for your e-mail and comments, Sebastien.
I'd like to write to you at a later date. Exclamation

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PostSubject: I apologize.   Sun 12 Mar ŗ 16:36

Sorry betuwe,
I mistook your name and I saw your occupation after I posted my message in your profile.
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PostSubject: Re: japan past   Mon 13 Mar ŗ 11:46

Hi Sebastein, hi all, Surprised
Thank you very much. Iím very happy if you subscribe to my podcast. It has been the 13th-best once at the education category of iTunes in Switzerland as far as I know. I hope it will be ranked in the top 100 in France and other counties.
About Ďlearning from the past.í I donít think what you learn from the past is not so different from one nationality to another as a human being. I think it varies with the individual. I myself would like to elevate my humanity and have a well-rounded character. Through what I experienced in the past, I try to reflect upon myself and I want to have larger capacity of mind.
I said "Japanese are kind of sexually unattractive, arenít they?" about artistic expression concerning figure skate. For example, if an athlete raises her hand, I see just her raised hand but nothing else. I found this in many Japanese skaters before. I mean figure skate is a sport but needs an artistic sensitivity like ballet.
But come to think of it, I canít say we are very good at being sexy in an obvious manner. We tend to appreciate decencies. At least we used to. Things have been changed a little by little.
I donít think geisha stuff is a taboo. Just we donít know precisely. Some non-Japanese might mix up geisha and hooker but the answer is no. If a rich man falls in love with a geisha and offer to be her patron, she will be a mistress in some case. However I donít know whether it happens nowadays.
Let me know why you came to be interested in Japan. sebastien?
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Mon 13 Mar ŗ 19:44

Hi evertone!
Do you know SUDOKU?
It is a Japanese original puzzle game.
Have you ever done it?
If you haven't please check following site and try it!

http://www.sudokulive.net/

I heared now sudoku is very popular in many countries especially in europe.
Does anyone know or like sudoku? Let me know!
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Mon 13 Mar ŗ 21:26

Hello Masa,

I work in a bookstore and we sell Sudoku's, really very much. In several newspapers there every day a sudoku and peoply buy books with them. We also have handhold computers with sudoku's.

So an answer to your question: here in Holland Sudoku's are very popular.

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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Mon 13 Mar ŗ 21:32

Hello Mayumi,

Thank you.

I've heard about the park in Japan but I've never been to the real Huis ten Bosch. It's the palace where our Queen Beatrix lives and i'm not invited (yet).

My own "palace" is in the middle of Holland but i was born in The Haque where the palace is.

It's cold today, it snowed a little and the temparature is zero degrees celcius. Do you also use Celcius in Japan, or Fahrenheit?

But the sun is shining in my hart so i'm warm enough.

Greatings to you and your husband,

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PostSubject: sudoku and mayumi answer   Thu 16 Mar ŗ 2:06

Hi
Sudoku is present in every newspaper and some people are real mad about that game.

Hi Mayumi ! You asked me why i was interested in japan =
I ve chosen to begin the topic by Japan because firstly, the most important country group was from japan and secondly i was sure that people were interested in Japan. It s some kind of marketing. lol.
More seriously, I really think they re many things to learn from japan. For years, my generation had the MADE IN JAPAN on all our products : our walkman, our games, our cartoons !! Years after we discovered more authentic things from japan like japenese gardens, Mishima's books...my generation always have a look about japan. my children will have the made in china label....
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Thu 16 Mar ŗ 8:46

Hello Gerard,
Itís nice to hear you have your own palace and warm heart.
We use Celsius. Itís about 10 degree Celsius today and itís raining. It was snowing a little yesterday and the day before yesterday. Snow in March is rare around here.
Itís still a little bit cold but I know spring is around the corner because I can see a lot of shoots from plants on veranda.
Thanks a lot for your kind greetings even to my husband.
Greetings to you and to your family, too. Surprised
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Thu 16 Mar ŗ 8:48

Hi Sebastien,
Yes, indeed. Thereíre many things from Japan. Japanese are pretty hard workers. Sometimes they(we) work too hard to have their(our?) lives. I mean we usually donít have time. Busy, busy, busy. Iíll be very busy soon. I love spring but itís very busy season for me and for many Japanese.

> A samurai ? what is Sumo ? is it still popular ? Who has ever practise ?
No samurai in Japan any more. Samurai was a man who belonged to a high-ranking social class of warriors and serving for Japan's feudal government.
Sumo is a popular sport to watch in Japan. Itís a Japanese-style wrestling and Japanese national sport. Osumo-san is a player. They are large and extremely heavy. Anyone can practice if you like. You can do it, Sebastien. lol A handsome guy from Bulgaria is getting popular these days.
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PostSubject: Re: Think about Japan   Thu 16 Mar ŗ 15:21

Hello Mayumi,

Yesterday the sun was shining and the people on the streets were happier. At home we opened the doors from our living room to the garden and dronk caffee in the garden with friends. I'de love the summer to come.

In our country the flowers and trees are also growning in nice green colours.

Today it's colder and about 7 degrees but it's not raining.

we made some plans to go on holiday with eastern because the children have free from school.


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