Where are you from? (city name and country) Please tell us about the good points of your city


I was born in Seoul and moved to Japan when I was in the 4th grade of elementary school. I have spent half of my life in Japan, except the one year that I went back to Seoul to study at Yonsei University as an exchange student. Seoul is the center of Korea, and there are so many things to enjoy from cultural heritages to famous restaurants and café. Gwanghwamun is one of the places that people can feel the traditional atmosphere and see contemporary, modernized buildings at the same time. There is Gyeongbokgung Palace and many people are taking photos wearing Korean Traditional clothes, Hanbok. Moreover, there is a big bookstore near the station and various kinds of restaurants and nice café are also located near the palace. Transportation is also well developed, so people can easily move between district to district inside Seoul.
 Where is your recommended location in Japan?


My recommended location in Japan is Kusatsu. It is in Gunma Prefecture and very famous with Onsen. It was quite a long time ago that I went there with my family, but the peaceful atmosphere and beauty of the place remain fresh in my memory. I liked the fresh air of Kusatsu and the experience center where I could learn the history of Kusatsu Onsen and do some activities. It was so interesting and has been a valuable memory that I could never experience in Korea. Moreover, since I went to Kusatsu during the winter, the scenery was so beautiful. I recommend Kusatu to those who like Onsen and want to feel the rural atmosphere of Japan.
 What are your interests or hobbies?


I am interested in general Korean Traditional Performances. I firstly learned Korean Traditional Dance and Instruments when I was in junior high school and participated in various events in and out of school. I continued it until I graduate from high school and would play again by joining the Korean Traditional Percussion Band Club while studying in Korea as an exchange student. Among various traditional performances, I like Pungmul the most, a dynamic performance in which more than 15 performers play five kinds of instruments at the same time.


 What is the weirdest thing for you in Japan?

おかしいことだとは思ってないですが、日本には韓国と違って気軽に使える「YOU」という言葉がないことに気づきました。韓国では、ほとんどの人が友達を呼ぶときに「야(や)」または「너(の)」という簡単な一言を使っています。もちろんお互いの名前を呼ぶ時もあります。個人差もありますが、私の場合にはそれは親しくない友達を呼ぶ時で、親しい友達同士で名前を呼ぶと気まずくなります。しかし、日本ではほとんどが「OOちゃん」や「OO 君」のように名前で呼んでいることがわかりました。「君」や「あなた」という言葉もありますが、それらは友達同士では適切ではないので、そんな言葉使いが韓国とは違っていると思いました。

I do not think it is weird, but different from Korea that there is no particular word to refer to ‘you’. In Korea, most people use the words ‘ya’ or ‘Nŏ’ to call their friends. They sometimes call the name of each other, but it might be between friends those who are not close with and it makes me curl my toes if I call the name of my close friends. In Japan, however, I realized that most people call their friends’ names, like ‘OO Jjang’ or ‘OO Kun’. There are words ‘Kimi’ and ‘Anata’, but those are not appropriate between friends, so I thought that is different from Korea.

Moreover, I realized that many Japanese girls say the word ‘kawaii’ very frequently. They mostly use ‘kawaii’ to compliment their friends with what they wore or how they put on makeup but I saw one of my Japanese friends say it when she saw a well-decorated sweet dessert, like ‘Kono Ichigo Keiki kawaii’. I could not understand how a strawberry cake can be cute but I thought it is one of the words of compliment to make others feel good.
 What inspired you to study Japanese?


I started to live in Japan from a very young age because of my father’s business. When I first moved to Japan, I could not speak any Japanese and even could not write Hiragana. Fortunately, my school had a Japanese class for the students who just came to Japan, so I could learn Japanese from a very basic level. Moreover, most of my Korean friends were already fluent in Japanese, so they helped me a lot to get used to Japanese and Japanese culture. They also motivated me to study hard. However, there were few chances to speak in Japanese because I was in Korean school and most of the classes were held in Korean. Therefore, I tried to speak a lot in Japanese after I entered university, especially, in the Japanese class and with my Japanese friends.


 What are you expecting from this internship program?


I do not have any previous experiences working in the company, so Export Japan is my first internship position in my life. I appreciate a lot for giving this precious opportunity and I will do my best to learn and experience various things in EXJ. First of all, since I am planning to work in Japan after graduation, I would like to know how the Japanese companies work and what kinds of business communications are they taking. I also want to participate in various projects of EXJ so that I could get used to working in the office. Moreover, I am interested in marketing especially, web marketing so working in EXJ would be a good opportunity for me to learn about various tools and programs as well as get knowledge of web marketing. It would be best if I could improve my language ability, especially in translations. I believe all of the experiences in EXJ would be helpful to develop myself.
 What are you studying at your university? Tell us about your dream?  


I am studying at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) at Waseda University. SILS focuses on liberal arts education and mainly uses English as a common language during the classes. There are various subjects in SILS from science to literature, so students can choose the courses that they want to study. I have mostly taken the courses related to Media, Gender, Korean culture and literature and currently participating in the concentration program of media. I haven’t decided on my future career yet, but I want to work at the company where I can work between Korea and Japan and utilize my experience in Japan as well as language abilities. Moreover, since I am interested in marketing, I want to work in the marketing department after study about it more.