Mini Culture Shocks | Japan to Korea

Mini Culture Shocks | Japan to Korea


I wish these moments here because you
only get to experience something new once yeah you only get to experience it
welcome to Tokyo Tuesday if you’re a regular viewer welcome back
I’m sitting on the floor today what we’re gonna be talking about it a little
bit of my experience coming to South Korea for the first time and some of the
minor culture shocks now just a little bit of a disclaimer for this one all the
opinions stated within this video are just my own and some of the movie
Sharla’s probably as well for those of you who just stumbled upon the video
and this is your first I am originally from Canada but have been living in
Japan over 10 years Sharla lives in Japan for 12 years and currently lives
in South Korea where I’m visiting her for the first time ever if I want to
jump right in I’ve made a little bit of a list but one of the first things that
got me as soon as I came into the country yeah was the dark tinted windows
of the car wait I asked my husband he’s like yeah that’s still really normal
here everyone does it like everything except for the windshield dang I
wouldn’t be surprised at people like even the driver side windows you can’t
do that in Japan you can’t do that in Canada safe driving the second one on
the same note of the cars the honking oh the hug you seem coming in from Japan I
wasn’t used to the constant how Japanese people rarely use their horns like they
do in the countryside there weren’t like traffic so especially bus drivers not to
mention the fact that every bus or large sized vehicle or like corporate vehicle
like a taxi is covered in advertisements yeah that feels a lot more like North
American it’s not like bison sometimes in Japan are covered in corporate advertisements like there was one where they use the tire to make a lens for a
Yodobashi camera the brief interruption it looks really
good let me show you but oddly enough like the honking and all that doesn’t
really bother me there’s something refreshing in the directness of
everything the next one I got me and again not so much like a culture shock
but just coming from Japan into Korea I was surprised by the number of like
western food option yeah like I came in I saw Quiznos right away Dunkin Donuts
and yet at the same time they still have all the very obvious Korean food options
yes feels really really mixed and I think that’s a really nice segue into
it’s hard to get a grasp on Seoul coming out here I’m only here for 48 hours just
for a very short project time in here feels like you’re in Asia but it also
feels like you kind of in Toronto yeah that’s so true so how do you feel now
after a few months I just find it really convenient because whenever I want
something they haven’t do whether it be something North American or something
Korean they’ve both so living here I find it makes it very comfortable for me
someone who’s live both in Asia and in North America because they have all the
things that I’ve grown to love over the years I really like that I did not see
coming so I can see why you like it I can see why you like that aspect of it
there are entire brands that I’ve forgotten about like brands of car
brands of electronics, everything yeah it’s not as few there’s a lot of like great
Korean brands out there that aren’t apparent or available in Japan like we
were talking yesterday about Kia cars in Hyundai and stuff like that things that
you almost never see in Japan yeah you completely forget that they’re
actually a thing let’s put a couple like here there we go
but yeah being in Japan what Korean brands are the thing it was interesting
to see them coming in here. I was like.. oh yeah Kia cars forgot about those another one that
I didn’t realize because I’ve been in Japan for so long is just your comfort
level with streets and buildings Oh like I’ve gotten so used to navigating
Japanese streets that I go into a new area and never get long yes I have a
sense of direction I know what everything looks like I think he’s just
coming into a new country we’re not familiar with the layout yeah over the
place here it’s not like a nice grid layout the streets are pretty like I
decided to go for a walk like first thing in the morning this morning and
was instantly lost yeah I decided to do this like little spin thing with the
camera and then I was like oh no I’m not which one yeah one that I should have
been prepared for but didn’t even think about it
power converters and everything that kind of thought of but I wasn’t thinking
about the plug shake yeah I didn’t expect Korea to have a European plug I
don’t know why that is I found that really interesting I just went out and I
bought a converter yeah suck that I had to buy one I brought one but I needed an
even work I thought they’d be easy to find but they’re not oh so now that
you’ve been here as long as you have how do you feel
well I still use mostly Japanese electronics so I need to constantly be
using converters and also transformers because
bondage is different so it’s a paint but like I’m more used to it now than it was
for the first week yeah it’s just become habit now but yeah I guess I’m the
future after we’ve been living here for a couple years it’ll be nice to like
switch to Korean electronics so we don’t have to do that yeah so I’ll put the
differences between like Japanese and Korean me here and here now if you’re
using a device that’s rated for like a hundred volts to 240 or 220 volts or
something in the range you can still plug it into a crane slot providing you
have the plug yeah that fits it you just need to make sure that it is rated for
that and make sure because it will light on fire it’s not have you had that
happen yeah that’s one which I’m thinking it might have been nice to
start with actually because it’s kind of big okay but there’s something I saw in
you something that I’ve got you see Charla and I have known each other for
well over 15 years and I saw something in Charla that I’ve never seen before
and it was genuine honest fear terrified about getting hit by a car yeah I get
the feeling that she sees some stuff so what have you seen well I’ve only been
here for three months and I’ve already seen I think – taxi crashes and one
crash of two regular people like head-on crashing into each other but not only
did they just head-on crash into each other one guy just sped off after like
totaling the guy’s car and our friend they got hit by a car here and like the
car destroyed her ribcage and she almost died Wow so like you need to be very
careful over the cars here yeah I will say for sure the driving cultures and is
likely locked down as I feel it is in like Canada and Japan and whatnot like
today we watched a guy completely ignore the red light go over to the other side
and then drive through the pedestrian crowd on his motorbike as if it was
nothing yeah and they’ll go off on the sidewalk too with cars with bites with
anything not to mention the number of people I’ve seen riding motorcycles with
no helmet yeah is that like a normal thing it’s not normal but they don’t
enforce their rules as much here like I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to do that
but again nobody’s checking so if people are lazy but they don’t wear one I have
a huge huge believer in to each their own I believe that these little
differences are what make each country unique is the things that I love about
it is being able to come to a new country and experience ease like just
because driving and honking and all that seems a little more aggressive in Korea
doesn’t mean that it’s in any way like worse or better or anything like that I
just I enjoy it enjoyed it it’s a change after driving in Canada for as long as I
did I felt going and driving in Japan was a really nice change because it felt
very safe although super crowded people will wave you in people don’t really
Hall yeah there’s a conscious and considerate driving culture here it’s
just like I’m going don’t get hit by me and it works though because like
everyone is driving with that mentality I am sure that if I was gonna here a
little bit longer there would be so many other cultures but before I wrap this up
before I wrap this up Sharla I just remember that there was one more one
more really big one both of us speak Japanese so it has been so long since I
actually felt helpless yeah and unable to communicate in
another country yeah it’s a different feeling like lots of things that we
needed language phone calls just but everyone was so named so helping without
the language word able to get through it so it took a
little time but is there anything that students you at the beginning and after
a few months living in Korea still stands out now if I click the biggest
difference is both like strangers and like workers at shops wanting to have
like genuine conversations with me so I think like I was really shocked at that
at first I was like oh maybe this person is just like really nice but then
literally everyone wants to talk to me and like ask me where I’m from either in
Korean or English sometimes we’ll just come up to me and Koreans speak to me in
Korean but I think it’s nice it’s a nice change it’s cool that they’re curious I
had an experience like that last night I got back to my hotel area like really
late it was like 12:30 at night and I was about to just just head in and do
some work and there were guys sitting outside there I can’t come and drink
with us and story why do I have had that in Japan mm-hmm I have had especially
during the holiday season you know colleagues down cut it does happen and
it tends to happen a lot more when you’re new I think you give something
off when you’re new yeah you and excited million you got that you got that new
excited fresh foreigner smell right that might be why because I’ve got the fresh
foreigner smell in Korea yeah right you’re like wide eyed bushy tail
everything exciting I feel like you put that out there and it like brings but I
wish you could hold on to that forever yeah yeah like I wish these moments here
because you only get to experience something new ones yeah you only get to
experience a new place once and then it’s not new anymore
and so I wanted to put this all into this for you guys but more for me so
someday I can look back at this and be like huh that was strange to me back
then probably now or maybe there’s something even more shocking than this
guys thank you so much as always for joining listen if you enjoyed this one
give that like button some love do not forget to leave me something in the
comment like your biggest culture shocks when traveling to a new country
and lucky remove have you been into Japan have you been out to Korea what
are the amazing things to you I’m we’re still like halfway through today yeah
this is just like yeah I’m recording this a little premature so I’m sure I
will have more to share with you at some point and yeah you guys you know that I
will see you again real soon welcome to Tokyo Tuesday well your
regular viewer laughter vo welcome to Tokyo Souza white
doing the voice like the state in your voice

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

100 thoughts on “Mini Culture Shocks | Japan to Korea

  1. Welcome to… that threw me off – lol (who caught it?) | Dont Miss the end of this one… (^_-)
    What are Your culture shock stories and experiences?

  2. I wonder how the driving compares to here in the U.S. because a lot of places here people will run red lights and do pretty dangerpus stuff and go way over the speed limit on the highway

  3. Really fun insights! Itโ€™s super cool that Koreans just invited you over. So nice! Really loved the bloopers with Sharla afterwards ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    I wanted to make sure you knew I received your travel mug and sticker! The mug is perfect for my tea!! (The post is lost in the Twitter-verse)~ Thanks for the cool detail! Iโ€™ve already had co-workers comment on it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I really enjoyed this video. I'm going to japan for an internship and I'm planing on traveling to Korea. So this was really interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. To the best of my knowledge in America you can only have tint that dark if you're allergic to the sun and even then you need some sort of special card to give to the police if you get pulled over because you most likely will

  6. I'm from the UK and when I went to Washington DC last year it was so different yet so the same to what I'm used to at home. There was a lot more homeless people on the streets, and a lot more street food trucks. If you eat anything from a food truck in the UK, you're basically guaranteed to get food poisoning, but I hear that's not the case in Korea. There was also far more of a military culture there, which doesn't surprise me in hindsight, but it was still shocking.

  7. I really love when you do videos that show new sides to Japan or visit with your friends. You seem to love new experiences and thrive there. I also loved when you went back to visit Canada! I really love when you get together with Sharla too. I am so biased because I just lover her personality so when she is with anyone I get happy and have to tune in. She is how I found so many of you and I am so glad! I love your videos so much. <3

  8. I got to go to Japan for 2 weeks in 2005. It still is one of the best experiences of my life. The culture shock that I felt was mostly good. The cleanliness was one which I loved. The way that massive amount of people can move together and not run into each other was amazing. I did have a little anxiety trying to get around and find places but that was really only when I first arrived. I think my favorite thing was the beauty of Japan. Everywhere I looked was esthetically pleasing. I took soo many photos. I hope to return when my daughters are older and can appreciate Japan as well. Until then I love watching YouTubers like you show me a country that I love but can not experience for a while still. Thank you for what you do.

  9. I lived in Japan about 3 years ago for language studies (I could only stay for 6 months though) and my biggest culture shock was my first experience with japanese bureaucracy. You always hear how japan is such โ€technologically forwardโ€ country and then I suddenly found myself in a society thatโ€™s still very paper/cash based ๐Ÿ™ƒ (this coming from a country, Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช, where everything is done digitally)
    The second was how effective their infrastructure is, compared to our ancient railroads that are falling apart, and they always were on time! I actually lived in another city from my school so I commuted (ๅฎ‡ๆฒปโ†”๏ธไบฌ้ƒฝ) but it was such a breeze! I really wish the politicians here in Sweden would implement the japanese railroad system here.

  10. Heavily tinted cars and aggressive honking are normal here in the Philippines. What threw me off when I was in Korea was that people constantly bumped into me like I was nothing then just went on their way like I wasn't there.

  11. Very interesting! I experienced this the other way around… I lived in Seoul and then went to Tokyo on vacation ๐Ÿ˜‚ Coming from Europe I had no trouble with power outlets in Korea and then completely forgot that it is different in Japan. I totally get the fear of cars… we would constantly joke about having to avoid being run over at least until our health insurance came through. Especially delivery scooters do not care about pedestrians on a sidewalk. I did experience people in Tokyo to be exceptionally friendly and helpful, but maybe we really do give off that new look ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. i went to japan almost two months ago now, it was the best experience of my life (im from the UK). also have you to thank by showing/recommending so many places! it also gave me the nudge to go and study the language, i start a private school in september! ๐Ÿ’œ

  13. I love hearing about culture differences! Korean traffic sounds pretty crazy! :'D
    In Austria, I think you can darken your car windows, only the front one has to stay light? I think.
    And the ending is just hilarious… lol
    As a European in Japan, my biggest culture shocks were: everything talks (toilets, elevators, escalators, train stations etc.), locking/unlocking the doors in the other direction, the size of food portions (so much smaller!), the cleanliness of the streets even though there are no trash cans, the politeness of everyone (you think you'd be prepared for that, but it surpasses any possible imagination), everyone dressing so nicely, how every toilet in every shop as a completely different system (we made figuring those out a game haha), the price of fruit and cheese (super expensive!), and in comparison to that the price of tofu (super cheap!)… I think I could name a hundred more things. And eventually, I got used to all of it and had a culture shock when I came back home. xD

  14. (This isnโ€™t me humble-bragging) My family travel a lot and so we see so many different countries and cultures, and itโ€™s really easy for stuff to blend together, Stockholm reminds me of Kรถln, and keeping that fresh sense of wonder and curiosity is hard but also a fun challenge which is also really rewarding!
    Great Work Norm! Youโ€™ve got another 1000 subscribers since the last video (or there about) well done!!

  15. Lol I had reverse culture shock when moving back to India from the States.
    It's been 6 years and I still experience it :V

  16. I came over after seeing you in some of Sharla's videos and the livestream. I just wanted to say that you have such a positive attitude and an awesome outlook in life that it just brightens my day and inspires me to go out and do something. Love the point you made about only experiencing something as new once. I think about that a lot, and that's why its so good (and fun!) to always go somewhere new, try something you've never eaten before, or find a fresh youtuber to watch (haha). Looking forward to watching more videos Norm! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Dunkin' Donuts was very popular in '70 to '80s in Japan.
    however, after 28 years of operating in Japan, Dunkin' Donuts ceased business there in 1998 due to declining sales and poor performance.

  18. When I went to Spain, of course my pasty self got sunburned, and absolutely no shops we went to had aloe! We went around to every single shop near our hotel and the closest thing we found was body wash with aloe in it. We resorted to buying cold drinks out of the vending machine and used them to cool off our burns ๐Ÿ˜…

  19. The windows in america are pretty tinted. I had to get it so the sun didn't ruin the interior of my car XD

  20. Your Korea vlogs/livestreams were so fun to watch! Can't wait for Sharla to post her vids too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. I found that it was the same (as the driving mentality) when walking through very crowded, fast moving places in HK and Singapore. You just have to go, go, go! As soon as you seem hesitant or slow down, you throw everyone around you off, they become visibly uncomfortable! ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. I'm from the US and only country that I have ever gotten to go to so far is Canada I didnt get to go very far in to it but of what I saw it was beautiful and I would love to go again one day and maybe spend a week or 2 there

  23. One of the things that bothered me about Japan was when people would hold up their hands or arms in an X it felt like no I'm not even going to deal with you. And it was worse if they were already talking to me then they did that mid-conversation. What bothered me the most though were other American's that spoke Japanese that would only speak to me in Japanese.

  24. Thereโ€™s a culture shock by just visiting another state here in the US and the horrible driving skills is very common here as well ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  25. My biggest culture shock definitely has to be travelling from the UK where I have lived all of my 35 years, to Rio De Janeiro. First thing I saw when travelling to my hotel was 3 people on one motor cycle in a tropical downpour… Using plastic bags to cover their hair!! I just remember thinking 'we're not in Kansas anymore' haha! Beautiful country and lovely people, but so massively different to anything I was used to – such a nice feeling ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Culture shock when i went to japan, i still cannot figure out the addresses if my life depended on it. Thank goodness for google maps.

  27. I've lived in Korea for four years and have been to Japan twice. I think one of the major differences for me is that Korea is so heavily capitalized and trend-focused that my experience here (and those who have visited me) often lacks any sense of culture and feels very superficial, while I feel that Japan strives to preserve it's culture and is so much more of a magical and special experience. I love Japan because I can feel that there's so much tradition left and comparatively, Japanese people are so incredibly kind and courteous which is refreshing for me! I agree that your experience definitely changes the longer you live somewhere.

  28. I almost got by a scooter with on vacation in Shanghai. They also drive on sidewalks and roads, which of course,, being from Florida. wasn't at all expecting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Honking, crazy driving, fear of getting hit, one must go visit Vietnam to experience the ultimate organized chaos.

  30. My biggest culture shock was when I went to America (I hail from little old New Zealand) and the food… The serving sizes are huge! An American small is NZ large! It was crazy. Also just how busy the city is all the time. I stayed in San Francisco and it was packed with people all the time. Our cities are only busy during certain times.

  31. I get the interest and talking to/invites to sit down in Japan, Iโ€™m in Oita though so not as many foreigners as Tokyo ๐Ÿ˜…

  32. I was just in Korea last month (I live in Japan too), did you notice those weird blue form things on the car doors? I found those amusing even though they make sense.

  33. Black car windows? Totally okay in Brazil ^^
    But yeah, now you mentioned I haven't seen non I Japan, that's weird

  34. Oh my, here the driving style changes even between cities ๐Ÿ˜‚ in big cities people tend to follow a little more the rules and be super rushed while in smaller cities they are slower and… Lazy? I guess. Safety was the most shocking difference I felt when I was abroad, being able to walk alone at 10pm with my groceries without being robbed and feeling safe no one is going to hurt me or anything. It is an amazing feeling. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  35. The cars here in the UK and more so London are crazy you have to be so so cautious when crossing the road, like the taxi drivers and cyclists just don't care! It's each man for their own!

  36. Oh yes the car accidents in Korea…thatโ€™s probably what I fear the most. Iโ€™ve heard so many stories and itโ€™s pretty scary.

  37. The only other country I've been to is the USA. I didn't get to explore much but the thing I found so strange was that you could buy liquor everywhere. Gas stations, walmart etc.

  38. It didnโ€™t always used to be that way w/ the cars & western goods. We were VERY limited to Korean brands and simple Korean foods after the war but because weโ€™ve had a large American military presence in the middle of the city, (unlike in Japan where a majority of it is based on a separate island) there was more immediate exposure to western goods like Coca Cola & Spam that were embraced. A community of Korean merchants grew around the base in Seoul (Itaewon), trying to fulfill the needs of that military community & their families & so spaghetti was made with whatever noodles were available and ketchup…lol! Floats were made w/ ice cream made from condensed milk & Korean ciders. Spam was added to traditional Korean stews. Hotdogs were made w/ fish because meat was scarce. Of course, all of these thing became their own thing…lol

    Then, with the large amount of immigration that occurred during the late 70โ€™s & 80โ€™s of Koreans to America, some would return to Korea to either visit or even repatriate their homeland, bringing back American foods and recipes. Demand for these western items were now coming from 2 separate and large communities.

    As the nation became wealthier, u then had a third wave of people, kids & grandkids of immigrants who had moved abroad, who were moving back in the 2000โ€™s to try their hand at selling American foods & ideas in a country that were now looking for โ€œgenuineโ€ western foods or experiences. Some because they wanted to try it. Others because they really missed it from having been born &/or raised in America or simply having been educated abroad during their college years. And so, American companies caught wind of the market and thatโ€™s why u have, today, pretty much anything u could want.

    As for the driving…well, itโ€™s improved. Thatโ€™s all I can say. It used to be a LOT worse as people used to jaywalk ALL the time & drivers didnโ€™t even bother to drive within the lines. Older generations have AT LEAST one member of the family who were either physically debilitated or tragically passed from a car or bus related incident. So keep your head up & definitely watch for vehicles. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Strangers openly talking to you in Korea is because your white and for the most part fit the "foreign look". But if you are of an asian decent and foreign no one play you much mind, because even thought not Korean one still look like the majority. I visited Korea and when asked where I was from (the U.S) they had a hard time believing I was American and wanted to know where my parents were originally from. And I agree, beware of getting hit by cars, especially in Gangnam. Was more then halfway through an intersection when a car (who clearly saw us crossing) decided it wanted the right of way and grazed my hip. Luckily my friend pulled me out of the way in time to avoid more damages. The driver glared at us as if it was our fault. Might vary from location to location because we didn't have the problem in Hongdae.

  40. my biggest culture shock was when I travelled around Kathmandu, Nepal for a week….the spitting where ever and how they throw water on the street to settle the dust, it was all very different from Australia but I loved every second. My biggest culture shock in Japan was actually the public transport, it was just so efficient and amazing I was shocked! Australia has the worst public transport so it was so weird being able to rely on public transport for my whole trip in Japan ๐Ÿ™‚ and how there are no bins anywhere and smoking in restaurants is allowed!

  41. Here in Norway you are just allowed to have tinted windows in the back windows of the car, so I guess it's the same rules as in Canada ๐Ÿ˜Š
    When my boyfriend and I was in South Korea last year it was so convenient that the plugs and voltage was the same as in Europe. I was also really surprised by that. Finally we didn't need to pack converters ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Since I had been in Japan before going to Korea I think that my culture shock wasn't as big as it would have been if I had not been in Japan. The biggest culture shock I had in Japan I think was all the temples you could just find everywhere tucked in between buildings and places that just looked weird. I think it's so great that they have build around them and not torn them down. Loved the mash between the old and new ๐Ÿ˜Š I was also quite shocked about the Harajuku fashion. It's just so different and not anything I would expect japanese girls to wear. I can understand the Lolita style, but the Harajuku styles are just so over the top ๐Ÿ˜ But I guess that's the point ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. 1:35 I hear that Joe Hisaishi score from Spirited Away ๐Ÿ‘€
    Really interesting video!

  43. Broad statements or pet peaves: The laws surrounding motor vehicles in most countries are too lenient. Owning and operating motor vehicles is a privilege, not a right. People abuse their privileges all the time without significant consequence. It pains me to see people operating these machines so recklessly and so often.

    I hate driving. I am bad at it. I prefer walking and consider myself a pedestrian for life. All the people who drive recklessly are a threat to all pedestrians. Any accident MV vs Pedestrian will result in (possible)major damage to pedestrian and (probable)minimal damage to driver of MV.

  44. I was surprised you didn't mention that there are no parking spaces in Tokyo, Japan, thus discouraging driving, thus the lack of traffic, thus the lack of honking. To a foreigner, it almost gave the impression only taxi drivers are allowed to get a license. With that said, a city that is not designed for driving, seems to do wonders for the economy, as well as physical health.

  45. Koreans are little bit Latin culture.. we re very similar to Italians in character and.. French in politics . living in small Peninsula packed with people , with dealing constant fear of the north and nuke, totalitarian instinct, have been repressed and controlled by strong nations around for two thousand years , Koreans are inherited very unstable security feeling and political in nature ; now Korea depend on their fate on America -That dependency I really hate ! Korean are radical and crazy in every possible way – political shake up and changes are crazy recently influenced by impeachment of a woman president a year ago and American radical appeasement towards north in Singapore . Koreans also eat only spicy foods . I am so mad at America and trump. Oh I hate trump to death !

  46. "Usually" "Fresh Foreigner Smell" only got that when i was little and had a hard time adjusting to the third world country, and wished i was back stateside with my friends… Grown up, since i've got a farmers tan… when i'm in a different asian country people always assume i'm either japanese or chinese(i prefer to tell people i'm pacific islander just to show how little of the people on earth they know =j )

  47. Oh and in this 3rd world country surprisingly there are no laws for pedestrians, except for a small city which just recently had a law within its jurisdiction protecting pedestrians (which is only because the rich people in that city does not even bother to look before crossing much less go to a crosswalk) but not to worry because if you are caucasian or african american and look like you've got that "Fresh Foreigner Smell" the locals will be super duper nice to you…

  48. You two arrogant Canadians, you keep saying the culture shock. Bull shit. go back to the Canada where you two belongs.

  49. we did 7 days in china 3 weeks ago then did a 10 day cruise to japan and it was like going from the loudest country ever to peace and quiet. when my girlfriends said whats japan like i said very peaceful , the people and the surroundings . south korea is loud but not as bad as china lol.

  50. If you want to experience real difference between two countries , as for south korea, It's got way faster and convenient system than Japan in terms of Process in the places like Public office , Bank , delivery (Parcel or food) service, transportation, internet speed etc.. South korea is so digitalized and automated you only take a couple of minutes to get your work done in any place. you can get your parcel from online shop on the date you place order. you can get your food delivered anywhere even if you were at a park or other public place. You can get your household stuff repaired right away on calling for repairman.

  51. you never know that korea summer sunshine is so hot. so car window is black for avoid hot sunshine.
    maybe your nation can not make black window for policeman. here korea is small country. there are a lot of car in korea.
    population is almost 55million and car is 15milion. we have to use horns for peoples safe. and it is not bad, why horn is placed in car?? koreans dislike compare with japan. maybe if you go to INDIA.you will think there are hell. I hope you see nation history and food style and how different life style with your nation. car and car horn. car window collor is not culture issue.

  52. It's also the norm to have black tinted windows on vehicles in the Philippines. It's not just Korea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  53. Hearing you talk about the horns honking took me back to my trip to India. It was a definite thing there. Many with customized horn sounds and they were communicating with there horns. Funny now, but at the time I found it annoying. Of course, that was one of the minor culture shocks upon visiting India.

  54. I can totally relate to this! After I've been living in Japan for about half a year I went to Korea for short travel and I had the same feelings, specially about the language. (Not about the plugs tho since I'm from Europe.)
    One other thing I really liked with Korea when coming from Japan was how easy it is to use your credit card every where. I really miss that.

  55. Ok,so….neither in Romania( home country) Italy or Uk places that I used to live and live at this moment..the dark windows are illegal, and thats the first thing my husband notice as well( a guy thing ๐Ÿค”) but the hocking…is way worst in Romania,UK it's probably like Japan,but Romania…๐Ÿ˜‘ and the same as in Seoul the pedestrian don't have priority ๐Ÿคฌ
    For me,the culture shook was …how identical is with my country in some of the older neighbourhood and the older men have the same and I am telling you..the same type of vest as my dads, with zippers everywhere and pockets and the same grey colour…and other thing that I really loved was that everyrhing was made in Korea…I think that great more countries should do that.

    P.s. It's been 2 weeks today since we came back from Korea and I want to go back…loved it

  56. They don't honk in Texas either, but certainly do in California. Texas and Japan have a lot of similarities in the homogeneous culture, way of thinking, and conservative reservations in that way. Korea sounds more like California…

  57. Honking in Seoul has been reduced less 1/10 than 30 years ago(The year of the Olympic games 1988). Haha

  58. For all you people with stars in your eyes over how great Japan is, I'd like to suggest you check out the website debito.org...there you'll get a look at how the Japanese – especially the government and officialdom, but also 'ordinary' Japanese – REALLY view and treat foreigners…!
    Give me Korea with its rough edges every time!

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  60. Scooters on the sidewalk in Korea are kinda double-edged sword.
    One of the most convenient systems in Korea is the fast delivery system.
    They deliver everything everywhere on a lightning speed 24/7days.
    If i choose one in two, safety and convenience, i'll definitely choose convenience.
    I've lived in Seoul 5 years, i've never seen any traffic accidents.
    Don't exaggerate too much if you not living in Seoul over 1 years.
    No big deal !!!

  61. Hi I am Japanese. Iโ€™ve never been to Canada but love the movie Twin Peeks and the band called GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR

  62. You have to be careful when crossing the street if there's a bus. The busses often don't stop at the stop line. What that means is that when you are crossing because of the height of the bus you won't be able to see an oncoming car and they won't be able to see you.

  63. ์ด๋Ÿฐ ๋น„๊ต์˜์ƒ์€ ํ•œ๊ตญ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋„ ์ผ๋ณธ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋„ ๋‹ค ๋ณ„๋กœ ๋‹ฌ๊ฐ€์›Œํ•˜๋Š” ๋‚ด์šฉ์ด ์•„๋‹™๋‹ˆ๋‹ค
    ํ•œ๊ตญ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์œผ๋กœ์จ ํ•œ๋งˆ๋””ํ•˜์ž๋ฉด ํ•œ๊ตญ์—์„œ ๋ฐ›์€ ๋ถˆํŽธํ•œ์ ์ด๋‚˜ ๋ฌธํ™”์‡ผํฌ๋Š” ์ถฉ๋ถ„์ด ์žˆ์„์ˆ˜์žˆ๊ณ  ์˜์ƒ์—์„œ ๋ง์„ ํ• ์ˆ˜์žˆ์ง€๋งŒ ๊ตณ์ด ์ผ๋ณธ์€ ์–ด๋–ค๋ฐ ํ•œ๊ตญ์€ ์ด๋ž˜์„œ ์ดํ•ดํ•˜๊ธฐํž˜๋“ค๋‹ค๋Š”์‹์˜ ๋น„๊ต์งˆ์€ ์ƒ๋‹นํžˆ ๋ถˆ์พŒ๊ฐ์„ ์œ ๋ฐœํ• ์ˆ˜์žˆ๋‹ค๋Š”๊ฑธ ์•Œ์•„๋‘์…จ์œผ๋ฉดํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค ์‚ฌํšŒ๋งˆ๋‹ค ๋˜‘๊ฐ™์„์ˆœ์—†๊ณ  ๋šœ๋œ๋˜๊ธฐ๋ณด๋‹จ ๊ฒฝํ—˜ํ•˜๊ณ  ๋ถ€๋”ชํžˆ๋‹ค๋ณด๋ฉด ๊ทธ ์‚ฌํšŒ์™€ ๋ฌธํ™”์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์ดํ•ด๋„๊ฐ€ ๊นŠ์–ด์ง‘๋‹ˆ๋‹ค

  64. In the Tokyo subway, terrorism occurred in which poisons were scattered by religious organizations.That is why there is no garbage bin in urban areas.

  65. Interesting posting Tokyo Lens. Hope to see more of your experiences in Korea. I grew up in Korea but ended up living in Toronto for many decades..

  66. re. driving, watch the show Men In Black Box, once a week they show vehicles' black box footage and discuss traffic laws, animals crossing highways, rivers not respecting traffic lights, jaywalkers, etc. in Korea

  67. I have never been a traveler. I have never left the USA and rarely leave Tennessee or more specifically, my hometown, Jackson or even my home except work or grocery shopping. I am such a homebody but I am beginning to fall in love with Japan. I have watched and follow quite a few vloggers in Japan and I am getting the desire to visit there! I may die from an anxiety attack if I ever do go because traveling scares me so bad but at my age now (37) I think if I had the money or the opportunity somehow I would make myself go. So needless to say, I am very envious (in a good way) of people like you who are adventurous.

  68. Thanks for sharing your insights on both countries! I believe Kyocera is a Japanese company (Kyoto Ceramic). But yeah, I too rarely see their name in Japan anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

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