Favorite Japanese Culture Shocks

Ultra Kwon is a science fiction writer based in Cleveland, Ohio. Recently, he had the privilege of visiting Japan for the first time. Here are his favorite things about Japan and Japanese culture.

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Sakura Cherry Blossoms in Cleveland, Ohio

Spontaneous footage of spring in Cleveland, Ohio. As I mention in the video, I like the diversity of foliage in Cleveland. For one, there’re actual flowers blossoming out of them, and it helps paint a colorful aesthetic to the town. The trees in Los Angeles by contrast, are uninspired; I’ll give palm trees a pass, because it signifies the iconic vibe of the city, but…

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Los Angeles VLOG: Santa Monica Beach Carnival & Arcade

Visiting Santa Monica Beach shot me back to a carefree memory I made in San Diego. I was still in college, and a friend of mine was trusted with the keys to a beachfront condo at Coronado Island. So he invited me over, and we proceeded to play Monopoly for six hours. By 2 a.m., we decided to turn in, and I said, “Alright, this was cool. I’m going home now.” And he said, “Why not stay the night?”

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Korea Vlog: Quest for the Halcyon Marketplace of Dongdaemun

Picking up right where we left off from my arrival in Seoul, Korea. Even though it was only a layover, the footage makes it seem like I was there a good while. The trip seemed like such a blur at the time, but I guess I got a lot more done than I initially thought. I got to try authentic kimbap and tteokboki (spicy rice cakes) for the first time at native food stands, I got to try Lotteria, which is the Korean McDonald’s, and I got to try an actual Korean McDonalds. I also rode my first… [continued]

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