When I moved to Japan in July of 2012, I’ve had a hate love relationship with the country. I hated it because of culture shock or my refusal to learn the language or the difficulty to make friends outside my expat group. (I know, ignorant, right?) Then, I began to love my new home country as I took interest in Asian men, the Japanese language, and integrated myself into Okinawan culture. After making peace with Okinawa and Japan, I found myself in a state of unrest yet again.
Over Golden Week (a series of Japanese holidays) I ventured to Korea, a neighbor much closer than mainland Japan. And I fell in love. Here I have compiled a list why you should love Korea too starting with…
1. Boys, Boys, Boys
Boys, I do adore. Can we just get started on how attractive Korean men are? While Korea is now more famous for its sinking ferry than plastic surgery, there is no shortage of good looking men. While in Korea, I noticed many interracial couples. I saw Korean women with Western men and Western women with Korean men. Hallelujah there is hope!
Korean men are taller than Okinawans and Japanese, their shoulders are broader, their cheek bones and facial structures are angularly manly, and their bodies are bigger. Continuing with the “I feel your people vibe”, I guess this attributes to the fact they are descendents of the Northern Mongols, aka the Russians.
2. The Thirst is Real
I nearly died of culture shock when men and women approached me at the bar and spoke to me. My mental reaction rendered me on the floor, right hand up, sputtering, “Wait? Are you actually talking to me?” It was refreshing to capture attention of men, even if I wasn’t interested. What’s the harm in talking to people anyway? While I appreciate Japanese taking their time to truly know a person, I found Korea to be similar to America in forming bonds quickly.
3. The Confidence
Confidence is attractive on anyone. As a confident woman, I find Japanese lacking in that department. I found Koreans carry themselves better than Japanese and it was especially noticeable when we were out in public. Boo boo, if you got it, strut it.
Oh my sweet baby Jesus, you have no idea how much I missed public displays of affection. In Japan, you can tell when a man and a woman are couple because they are seen together in public but they rarely touch. I see couples holding hands on Okinawa but I don’t see kissing, fondling, or having an arm around your partner securing them to you. In Korea, I saw all of the above, in addition to best friends linking arms or holding hands.
Living on Okinawa, I’m all about scuzz muzzying the beach, but hot damn baby, I do love me a good pair of heels. I guess laid back island life doesn’t require dress up, but I still enjoy looking good when I go out on a Saturday night. In comparison with Korea, the fashion was cute, bold, and edgy. Did I mention they are more catering to their expat community in Seoul with clothes and shoes that actually fit?
6. Make Up
Korea has the best make up products and brushes, hands down. At an affordable price, who says beauty isn’t for everyone? I’ll give the Japanese cred for great false eyelashes, but Korea beats Japan out of the ball park on everything else.
7. The Food
Do you enjoy food that burns your mouth so good? Coming from a Mexican background, I love spicy food. While Japanese food has a variety of flavors (most I find very bland), spicy is not one of them. Unless you count wasabi, but wasabi is a rather unattractive sinus pain. I’m in love with kimchi and all the spices used on Korean meat and sauces.
If you’re a fan of eating a little bit of everything, Korea is for you. I loved trying different foods and mixing the flavors with meat as the main course. Korean barbeque and bulgogi anybody?
8. The Culture
I’m a fan of traditional architecture and learning about history. There are many gorgeous palaces in Seoul, in addition to the Secret Garden at the Changdeokgung Palace. If you’re into nature and breathtaking gardens, you’ll love this. Besides, who doesn’t like the peace it brings your soul to be one with nature?
All I gotta say is…damn. I picked the wrong Asian country when it comes to food, fashion, and men. Call me a honeymooner, but I can’t find a single thing I don’t like about Korea. What are your thoughts, opinions, concerns, joys or malfunctions over Japan, Okinawa, or Korea? Be sure to share it on my blog!
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