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09 Oct

Korea

Last weekend was a two-day rush visit to a joint Korean + Japanese Symposium on Computer Graphics Blah Blah, with students from both sides giving presentations about their research (in English). The first day was spent listening to these presentations all day long, then half a day of sightseeing the next day just before the plane left back to Tokyo (this sentence brought to you by the word “day”).

Organized by Ewha Womens University πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ Of course the campus is a very happy place to walk around.

The first night, after the (boring) university-organized dinner, of course there had to be a second drinking outing, then a third (karaoke – all in Japanese, heh) and a fourth, with the Ewha students. πŸ™‚ Got home at 5 AM and had to wake up my hotel roommate to let me in (ごめんγͺさい申し訳γͺいっすwww) The next same day on the bus at 8:30 to go see Seoul Tower…. ughhhhh.

So basically I saw almost nothing in Seoul, so here are a few impressions.

  • It is exactly the same as Tokyo except signs look like ν•œκΈ€ <– this instead of ζΌ’ε­— this. Plus a couple of signs in Chinese (using hardcore traditional characters by the way, like 寫眞 for ε†™ηœŸ) or Japanese (カラγ‚ͺγ‚±)
  • They speak Japanese in convenience stores. Feels like home except for the prices having bigger numbers. Same inventory too, pocky and shit.
  • Drinks are cheap (Soju)
  • Aluminum chopsticks
  • No mention of Starcraft anywhere, not like I could spot it in all the moonspeak anyway. No Starcraft TV either, although the hotel did have AFN for the local military base, heh

So, um, yeah.

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