I have been very fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to live in both Japan and Korea and therefore I wanted to take the time to digest both the differences and similarities of the two.

In this video, I discuss an array of topics such as prices- where I find Tokyo to be much more expensive than Seoul, food- where Korea values spices while Japan values simplicity, and much more.

I also dived deep into a few historical points. Here, I explained why certain foods are similar and how language has changed between the two.

As a person enthusiastic to learn more, I always found it interesting how the two languages stemmed from Chinese. Although I find Korean hangeul to be easier to read and write, especially compared to Japanese Kanji (Chinese characters), I do find that Japanese is a bit easier to pronounce for native English speakers.

This is only part 1 of the series – but part 2 will focus on cultural and societal pressures, similarities, and how to deal with culture shock.

I have been wanting to make this video for a while but wasn’t sure how I wanted to approach it. As we all know, Japan and Korea have a deep and rough history. I wanted to make sure that I tackled this topic in an open way where people can learn about the two.

For those who so happened to be curious, feel free to watch more! I hope you can learn something new today! And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!