My friend and I traveled from our home near Tokyo and visited Korea from December 28th to 30th, 2012. This was my first time to travel abroad, so there were things which surprised me and I noticed some differences between Japanese and Korean culture. First, I was surprised to find Christmas trees and ornaments of Santa Claus in Korea after Christmas day because in Japan, people had already prepared to greet the New Year by that time. For example, many stores change their atmosphere after Christmas to sell New Year’s items and dishes prepared for it at the end of the year. I learned that the way of spending events is different in each country. Second, I was surprised to see lots of stylish cafes on both sides of the street because my image of Korea before visiting there was of stalls and markets. Moreover, I saw people who give their seat to the elderly and when we lost our way, Korean people were kind enough to show us the way. These points are the same as Japanese. I hope these are common actions throughout the world.
It was fun to travel abroad because I learned something new about another country and had valuable experiences. I could communicate with local people during this travel. I would like to know about the lifestyle of Korean people more and want to go there again.
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