日本での一年間

December 31, 2010

Yukhoe (Beef Sashimi)

Filed under: abroad, Cuisine, Food, South Korea, Trips — Tags: , — myyearinjapan @ 4:02 pm

On my last night in Busan, my friends took me out for Yukhoe, Korean beef tartare. We had it served three ways, on its own, over rice, and over noodles. Each one had slightly different flavor due to the different toppings. I’m not sure what was used to flavor the rice or noodles, but the plain beef was served with cheese, greens and three sauces that were all sesame based. Delicious!

yukhoe

Raw beef. Behind it, a raw egg yolk, in front of it, cheese, and to the right in this picture are the sauces.

yukhoe and rice

Yukhoe on rice. Yummy in my tummy.

December 25, 2010

Shinsegae – World’s largest department store

Filed under: abroad, South Korea, Trips — Tags: , — myyearinjapan @ 12:45 am

In my previous post about the Lotte department store, I introduced the world’s largest indoor water show. At another major department store in Busan, Shisegae at Centum City, they may not have an indoor water show, but they seem to have just about everything else. Shinsegae means new world (新世界). In addition to your typical clothing stores, book stores, shoe stores, cafes, restaurants, and toy stores, this gigantic shopping complex also has a multiplex, a skating rink, a roof top park, an indoor golf range, and a spa. Although this is the largest Shinsegae, it is not considered the flagship store. Their flagship is in Seoul.

Trevi fountain

At the entrance into Shinsegae from the subway, a copy of Rome's Trevi fountain. Seems pretty old world for a place called 'New World' if you ask me...

scenery1

I took some pictures of the city from the roof top park. Some of the shrubberies were blocking my view.

scenery 2

Another pictures of the city at twilight.

Scenery 3

The city grows taller and taller and taller.

black uncle

Black uncle seems to be a Korean pastry chain store.

December 24, 2010

Silkworms

Filed under: abroad, Food, Interesting, South Korea, Strange, Trips — Tags: , — myyearinjapan @ 12:13 pm

Silkworms are a popular street food in Korea. They are known as beondegi.

silkworms

In the pot on the right are silkworms. I hear that they're delicious. If you ever go to Korea, you could try some.

not pictured: me running away from my friend trying to force feed me a silkworm.

December 22, 2010

Haeundae Beach

Filed under: abroad, South Korea, Trips — Tags: , — myyearinjapan @ 12:25 am

Haeundae beach is one of the most popular places to visit in Busan, for tourists and locals alike. I’ve heard that it is pretty packed with people in the summer. While it was nowhere near to packed when I visited, it was certainly not empty.

depressing guy

This guy seems a little depressed. Cheer up! It's a beautiful day and the beach is lovely.

shadows

Me and my friends at the beach.

couple

Is this a couple from a stereotypical personal ad? Maybe after this long walk along the beach at sunset, they will have a romantic candlelit dinner.

no smoking

The beach is strictly no smoking.

December 21, 2010

Busan United Nations Memorial Cemetery

Filed under: abroad, South Korea, Trips — Tags: , — myyearinjapan @ 4:47 am

Busan is home to the only United Nations memorial cemetery in the world. The cemetery contains the remains of people of many nations who all perished in the Korean war.

Korean War memorial

Korean war memorial at the cemestery that reminded me a lot of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC

Front gate

From the front of the cemetery/park. I guess they felt the need to remind me that I was in Korea.

memorial plaque

In memory of those who gave their lives during the Korean war.

graves

A few of the graves of the soldiers

Apartment buildings

These apartment buildings are very typical of the ones I saw in Korea. And they're made by Samsung.

pathway

I liked the way the shadows fell on this path.

December 17, 2010

Dunkin Donuts

Filed under: abroad, Food, South Korea, Trips — Tags: , — myyearinjapan @ 1:37 pm

Dunkin Donuts. A familiar American chain store that I have never seen in Japan. But it was all over the place in Busan. But it wasn’t all donuts and coffee coolattas.

coffee

That's right folks. Roasted in Korea. It would be a silly idea to roast the beans before they get to Korea.

boba

Good luck finding this in an American Dunkies. It's boba a.k.a. bubble tea a.k.a. tapioca milk tea. It was delicious by the way.

Korean Dunkin Ad

A Korean ad for Dunkin. Smart change. Smart Dunkin.

cake 1

You can also buy cakes at Dunkin. This one sells for 10,000 won or about 10 USD.

cake 2

This one is also about 10,000 won or 10 USD. It's not very big, but enough for a couple of people. Considering that it's a heart, I'd imagine it's aimed towards a couple of people who are a couple.

December 16, 2010

Lotte Department Store

Filed under: abroad, South Korea, Trips — Tags: , — myyearinjapan @ 12:23 am

In my previous post, I had a picture of the outside of the Lotte department store. The Lotte department store is the second largest in Busan. It is located in an area often given the nickname of Lotte Town because the Lotte department store, Lotte hotel, and Lotte cinema are all in the same vicinity. That’s a lot of Lotte! Other than shops and restaurants, the main attraction in the Lotte department store is the world’s largest indoor water show.

fountain

The fountain that plays the starring role in the world's biggest indoor water show!

Hot dogs

Hot dogs for sale in the basment if the department store. These are the plastic models meant to entice you to buy the real thing.

water show

Instead of having a fountain where water is pushed up from the ground, this foutain drops the water from the ceiling. And as you can see at the top of the photo, this gives them the ability to spell out words such as "BUSAN."

clown and friend

After the water show went on for a few minutes, a clown and 3 acrobats came out and preformed soem acrobatic feats. I think they may have noticed I was taking their picture.

gymnastics

An acrobatic feat. Did I mention that this whole show just happened to be starting when my friend and I walked up? What luck!

flying upside down

Flying through the air.

cooperation

They even help each other out. awww.

December 15, 2010

Busan Tower

Filed under: abroad, South Korea, Trips — Tags: , — myyearinjapan @ 12:03 am

Like many other cities, Busan has a tall structure that you can go to the top of to get a nice view of the city. Busan’s variation on this theme is Busan Tower.  It was built in 1973 and is 120 m tall, or almost 400 ft.

Busan Tower

We found the tower! That's my friend pointing out where it is.

city

Looking out at a quieter part of the city.

beach

The port of Busan. The port building in the lower right side of the picture is supposed to look like seagulls.

Lotte department store

The Lotte department store. Lotte is a big company in Korea, with a fast food chain, a theme park, and several other ventures.

December 9, 2010

Little Boy

Filed under: abroad, South Korea, Trips — Tags: , — myyearinjapan @ 11:57 pm

This kid would not stop staring at me. Even when I stared back, he kept staring. Even when I took his picture, he still kept staring. I guess I’m really interesting.

boy

Incessant staring. I like his orange shoes.

PIFF Grounds

Filed under: abroad, South Korea, Trips — Tags: , — myyearinjapan @ 12:20 am

The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is held in Busan every fall. And the area where it takes place is a short 5 minute walk away from Bosu-Dong Book Street. The whole area is full of alleyways with all kinds of stores and stands  where people sell street food and sweatshirts.

food stall

We stopped at this stall to get something to eat. We got tteokbokki (again) and jijim, a kind of green onion pancake.

food prep

Preparing food to sell. These ladies are very aggressive at trying to pull in customers.

artificial flowers

On a cell phone in front of an artificial flowers store. This store sells only srtificial flowers and that's it.

basket store

This store only sells baskets.Woven baskets in all shapes and sizes.

fish

Fish!

dusk

We ended up staying kind of late and it got dark.

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