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From Korea to Waseda

Yoon Song Lee/Freshman, the School of International Liberal Studies
Nov 16, 2015

Enjoying a global environment and local food in Japan

I came from Korea this spring to study at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS). It was a recommendation from my mother--who graduated from a Japanese university--that brought me here. For someone who could not decide on a major at college, SILS, which allows me to put myself in an international environment that is not far from my home and offers a range of courses, was also attractive to me because I will be able to find my areas of interest or future dreams while learning at school.

Currently, I am taking politics, economics, and psychology classes. As I study with people with diverse backgrounds, I began wanting to learn intercultural-related fields in more depth. I have not yet discovered my future dreams, but someday I want to do something that helps protect the rights of women living overseas.

One of the hardest things for me studying and living in Japan is the use of polite Japanese. I feel it is very difficult using different speech when talking to my friends and to those who are older than I or who are my superiors. In the meantime, a wonderful experience for me in Japan is eating Japanese food. I think Japanese food is really delicious and have been enjoying a variety of tastes since I came here.

As you can see, I am enjoying every each day of my life studying abroad. If I have an opportunity, I want to realize my dreams in Japan after graduation. I cannot wait to see what my future holds.

I like trying out different restaurants with my friends on the days I don't have classes. This is me trying to cook okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes) by myself at an okonomiyaki restaurant.

Is eating while you walk bad manners?
Surprising Japanese customs

In Japan, I often see people eating crepes and other food while standing at the stands where they bought them, and they don't eat while walking. When I first came to Japan, this surprised me.


Yoon Song Lee/Freshman, the School of International Liberal Studies