My most recent trip to Japan to Japan took me to some new and interesting places. There was the small city of Matusyama. It’s actually the largest city of Ehime prefecture. As well as having Japan’s oldest onsen (bath house), it’s famous for a beautiful white castle high on the hill. I arrived in Matsuyama… Continue reading Making waves in Matsuyama
In a nutshell: a seemingly lightweight film is actually a sharp look at the effect of fame and the culture of film acting. When was the last time you watched a film with an all-female cast like this? A must-see for fans of Korean cinema, and cinema in general for that matter.
“Produce 48” is the latest iteration of Korean competition programs which in the past have given us Wanna One and I.O.I. “Produce 48” is a collaboration between Mnet and Japanese producer Yasushi Akimoto. The show has recruited ninety-six female trainees from music companies in Japan and South Korea. They are competing to become part of… Continue reading Produce 48 – New Korean competition show
There is a whole generation for whom comfort and convenience have become something of an embarrassment. Meanwhile, the hotel industry are providing excellent levels of service to the people who still appreciate it.
I have been here for nine months now and I thought that I would feel more at home here by now. Actually it’s more like the opposite of that situation. It seems that the longer I stay here the stranger it seems. And the things that I don’t like become more unappealing. Not that I… Continue reading Getting lost in Busan
Is it possible that I got it wrong about Korea? Specifically, that it’s really easy to get with women if you’re white? Whilst there are those who would say otherwise, here are a few reasons why it’s actually hard, really hard, to get even a date here as a foreign male. The culture is totally… Continue reading Sexless Korea
Two film museums in Japan. Studio Ghibli Museum Juzo Itami Museum As one of the most popular attractions in Japan, tickets are very hard to get hold of. You can only get them in advance. You are given a time slot. And that’s it. Bow, I have no issue with popular places and I understand… Continue reading Two Film museums in Japan
How long did it for you to become disillusioned with South Korea? For me, the moment came when I attended my company dinner in March. They got us to come to a big wedding hall venue near Somyeon. We were told to arrive at 5:30 but had to sit around for hours while they kept… Continue reading Getting disillusioned with South Korea