More Superficial Cultural Differences


This picture sums up a lot of what I was trying to get at in an earlier post.  For the record it did not have “original, American style taste.”  It was actually somehow more sweet than Mountain Dew in the States.  If hummingbird food had caffeine, I imagine it would taste something like this.

Other superficial cultural differences between Japan and Korea:

Koreans use metal chopsticks instead of wooden chopsticks.  We also ate and drank out of many stainless steel bowls and cups.

People in Korea use mountain bikes more than people in Japan, even when they’re just riding around in the streets.  People own and ride bikes often here but they’re mostly one-speeds with baskets between the handlebars.  Practical, but the opposite of sporty.

When comparing meals of equal monetary value between Korea and Japan, Korean meals are much larger.  In addition to the meal you order, your entire table becomes covered in side dishes.  Most of these are pickled (kimchi) but we were also sometimes given fresh salad or a side of noodles.

Although pickled vegetables are ubiquitous, the people of Korea seem to be more accepting of eating raw fruit and vegetables than people in Japan.

Drivers honk their horns more in Korea.  It seemed to be a polite gesture though.

The landscape was mountainous, like Aomori, but lower in elevation.  In addition to being taller, Aomori’s mountains are less rounded.  From the window of an airplane they look simultaneously hostile and inviting.

One thing that wasn’t different:  The people we met were by and large welcoming, polite, fun, and very helpful.


One Response to “More Superficial Cultural Differences”

  1. Trip to Korea Spring 2009 « Pacificloons Says:

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