“Sizuoka City Association for Multicultural Exchange” and “Suwon Center for International Cooperation” have made their seventh interact this year. This time, Suwon city invited Japanese Students from August 29th to September 5th 2019 (8 days) and had cultural interact. Students had an opportunity to learn about Korean culture through the cultural exchange program with university students in Suwon, Homestay program, Suwon city tour, and UCC making. And I was able to interview some Japanese students through a student exchange program.
First of all, self-introduction please.
I’m Koike Mai from Tokoha University.
Izumitai Wataru, in 3rd grade from Sizuoka Univ.
Mochitsuki yuki, in 1st grade from Nihon Univ.
Why did you participate in this program?
The university introduced me this program, and I have been interested in Korean history and culture since long ago.
I applied to interact with Korean students and discover differences in the way of thinking and values with Japanese students.
I applied because I wanted to broaden my perspective and experience many things.
How much did you know about Korea and Suwon?
About Korea, I know some K-pop or Korean food, but I just knew about Suwon city only that there is a baseball or soccer team.
I’ve never been to Korea before. So, all I know is what I saw on the Internet.
What did you expect most in this program?
In this program, I expected the most to interact with students in Korea. I thought it was a chance to listen to “Real Korean language” and talk with them. I was looking forward for the food. I wanted to taste the real one.
I was really looking forward to experiencing life in Korea the most, like the Homestay program.
Interaction with Koreans.
What was the most impressive program?
Homestay program. I had a chance to go to church and I became interested in Korea’s religion.
When I saw the homestay family calling their older brother who lives in the United States every day, I thought they had a strong family-hood.
I was very impressed by the Student-Interacting program.
If you have a chance to go to other country, like this time. Which country you want to visit?
China. We are in the same Asia continent, but I think there is another charming point there.
I’d like to go to America, and test my own English skill. I also want to find differences between Japan and America.
Korea, Canada, and Europe.