七転び八起き – Fall seven times and stand up eight

Monday September 11th, 2017
by Kay Safonov

Climbing Mt. Fuji

The title says it all; I climbed Mt. Fuji two days ago. And honestly, words can’t quite sum up my experience, but I’ll still try my best.

I started my journey in Nagoya in the afternoon. I took a Shinkansen to Mishima (90-minute ride, one-way cost: around ¥4000, but the Shinkansen is included in the Japan Rail Pass) and that was already amazing, because I’ve never traveled by Shinkansen before (but I’ve always dreamed of it). The trains are very spacious and comfortable and you hardly feel a thing as you speed through Japans beautiful scenery. From Mishima I took the Fuji Kyuko Bus to Kawaguchiko Station (one-hour ride, one-way cost: ¥2100) and from there I took another bus to Mt. Fuji’s fifth station (55-minute ride, round trip cost: ¥2100). It was in this bus where I found my first new friends. A couple of women who also planned to hike up Mt. Fuji at night. We quickly agreed to leave the fifth station early and hike up the mountain together.

At the fifth station I bought myself the token Mt. Fuji walking stick (middle-size, cost: ¥1300) and I paid the entry prize for Mt. Fuji, which is ¥1000. So why do I keep writing about the costs so much? Because my budget is around ¥2600 a day and this trip fucking blew it. Mt. Fuji is so expensive and I wasn’t prepared for the costs, so I want to write about it, to hopefully prepare some future mountaineers.

And so our trip started at 8pm. Oh boy. We took the Yoshida trail up the mountain, which is said to be the easiest trail and the most manageable. The sun had already set (so be sure to bring a headlight or else you’ll see nothing!) and since there weren’t any trees, we had a beautiful view over Kawaguchiko and Fuji-san City at night. We arrived at the sixth station after an hour and were pretty pleased with ourselves, because it seemed easy and it wasn’t cold. We were such idiots. After the sixth station the trails curves slightly and you’re confronted with the first stairs and that’s when you realize that you’ve made a big mistake. At the sixth station I also got my first stamp for my walking stick, which cost ¥300.

It took us around 80 minutes, I think, to reach the seventh station and that’s when I started freezing. I bought myself some gloves for ¥300 and the others bought themselves something to eat and we sat inside the station for a while to warm up. Problem: I didn’t buy myself something to eat, so they kicked me out of the station (it was really expensive, even drinks cost around ¥600, and I wasn’t even hungry). I told the others that I would wait outside, but I started shivering and freezing and they sure did take their time to eat, so I ditched them (because I’m an asshole) and joined two dudes from Belgium instead. Their names were Abdil and Frédéric and we hit it off instantly.

Abdil, Fred and I steadily climbed up to the eight station, which took us a lot of time and I spent around ¥1000 for more stamps. The trail from the seventh to the eighth station was the worst. It reminded me more of free climbing than of hiking. So if you decide to climb Mt. Fuji, be sure that don’t pack too much stuff, so that you’ll be able to climb as well. I did kind of regret buying my walking stick at that point, but it was manageable.

When we arrived at the eighth station we were exhausted. Fred was the fittest of our group and he went ahead of us, with me closely behind him and Abdil falling behind us. At every mountain hut Fred would wait for Abdil and me before continuing. By this point I realized that it was a good idea to join them, because our pacing fit well together and we had a good chemistry and that’s important when you climb a mountain that’s nearly 4000m tall.

The climb to the ninth station took forever. Abdil fell behind more and more and I didn’t feel my toes anymore because of the cold. At some point we were so exhausted that we decided to spent some money on food (even though we had brought plenty ourselves) to rest inside a hut for a while. We got ourselves some instant corn soup in a plastic cup, which cost around ¥500, and were allowed to sit down inside for 15 minutes (but they didn’t close the door so it was still pretty cold). Abdil took a short 15-minute nap and Fred gave me one of his hoodies, because I had already put on all of my prepared clothes but was still cold. He even gave me one of his spare pants, but I didn’t fit into them because he’s got thin legs like a chicken unlike me.

It was already 4am when our short break ended and the sun would rise at 5am, so we had fight our way up the last part of the trail to make it in time. And boy did we fight. Fred sprinted ahead and I could only concentrate only on the next step. Abdil and I stayed together for a long time, but at some point he just sat down and hugged his backpack and told me to go on without him, which I did (again, because I am an asshole).

I was alone and could already see the summit at this point. People were queuing at this point, because everybody wanted to reach the summit for the sunrise. 200m before reaching the top, there was already staff telling everybody “another 200m! If you continue now without stopping, you’ll reach the summit in time for sunrise! Fight on! It’s just another 30 minutes! You’ll make it!” All I could think about was how wonderful a hot shower would feel like. I was still another 100m away from the summit when the first sunrise lights illuminated the sky in a red color and I thought to myself: “no. I didn’t climb this mountain for nine hours to give up 100m before reaching the top” and so I rushed up the last part of the trail and reached the gate to the summit. I sat down there, took out my camera and that’s exactly when the sunrise began. That’s also when I started crying. After three years I had finally returned to Japan and after half a year of planning and preparing, I, a tiny weak asthmatic nerd, actually climbed Mt. Fuji. It hit me hard and I silently cried as I watched the sunrise.

After the sunrise I looked for Fred at the summit and found him after a couple of minutes. We grinned like to complete idiots and hugged. We made it. We continued to stand at the railing for some time to watch the sky turn blue slowly and after another 20 minutes or so, Abdil joined us as well. We also hugged and laughed and took a lot of pictures. After Abdil the women from my first group arrived as well and we also happily and proudly smiled at each other.

I got myself the special sunrise stamp for my walking stick (¥400) and we looked at the volcano crater. With the first beams of sun, it instantly became warmer, which was such a relief, because my whole body was shaking and my finger tips had already turned blue.

We didn’t stay at the summit for long and we also didn’t walk around the crater (which would take more than an hour), because we were all so drained and exhausted. Abdil, Fred and I returned to the fifth station. The downwards trail is different from the upwards trail and it took us four hours to get down. The way down is a slippery slope and I tripped and fell two times. At 10am we arrived at the fifth station. We quickly bought ourselves some food and took the bus back to Kawaguchiko. The guys fell asleep instantly, but strangely I wasn’t that tired.

Our ways parted in Kawaguchiko, but we agreed to stay in touch and joked about meeting in Japan every year from now on to climb Mt. Fuji. It may have been exhausting, but seeing the sun rise over Japan was worth it. I’ll probably do it again in the future. Because I am an idiot.

Friday September 8th, 2017
by Kay Safonov

Three Years Later

Tuesday was a weird day. I woke up early and lazily packed my two suitcases and then I texted with some friends and went grocery shopping with my neighbor. I didn’t feel as though I was flying to Japan later that day. Was I nervous? Was I excited? Not really. I was calm. After three years of working towards this day, I couldn’t really believe that it was finally time to return to Japan.

 The late afternoon came around and I took the train to Frankfurt airport. I arrived, exchanged my suitcases for boarding tickets and still had four hours to go until the actual flight, but time passed quickly and before I knew it, I boarded my Air China flight to Beijing. I spent the eight-hour flight with reading, watching movies and sleeping and suddenly I was in Beijing. Landing in Beijing was phenomenal; our plane circled over the city and the surrounding mountains and since I’ve never in China before, it was really interesting to look at the city.

I spent five hours at Beijing airport and it was great. I’ve never seen a more beautiful airport before! And I think it’s due to the time I spent there, that I didn’t get a jet lag when I arrived at my final destination. Back in Germany I had traded ten Euros into forty-five Yuan and I used that money to buy myself a refreshing drink and a small souvenir bracelet. Time passed quickly and I boarded the plane to Nagoya. Since I was very tired at this point, being awake for nearly twenty-four hours, I fell asleep as soon as I sat down in the plane and when I opened my eyes, we were already in Japan.

When I left the plane, a wide grin spread across my face. I’ve made it. I’ve actually made it! And everything worked out without problems. I exchanged my money and checked into the airports own capsule hotel for the night (I was done with customs and everything at around 10 in the evening). Staying at the capsule hotel was bliss. I locked away my suitcases, took a long shower and huddled away in my comfortable capsule.

The next day I exchanged my exchange order for a JR Rail Pass and took the train to Nagoya central station. I locked my suitcases in coin lockers at the station and went to explore Nagoya a bit. I walked across the city and did an excursion to Nagoya’s castle. I really liked it!

Later, I got my suitcases again and walked to the Sharebase in Nagoya. It’s an interesting place, where various people can work or relax together and up to four people can sleep. I quickly became friends with my hosts and we went to get Okonomiyaki for dinner.

And now I’m in Japan. I still can’t believe it.

Friday July 28th, 2017
by Kay Safonov

Back to Japan

Now it’s official: I’ve passed my second semester Japanese exam! And that means, I don’t have to re-do the exam in late September and that means, I don’t have anything to do in September and that means, I can go back to Japan in September! And I get to stay there for a whole month! AAAAAAAAAAAA.

Returning to Japan has always been the plan. But every year this plan was pushed a little further into the future. “I have to concentrate on school”. “I have to move out and also start university”. “I have no money”. “I have no time”. But not anymore! Because I have the money and the time and especially because I have: the plan.

The core of my plan is pretty simple actually, like most good plans. I will fly to Japan on September 5th, arrive on Japan on September 6th and have my base camp in Komagane. Which means I’ll storage my suitcases there and stay there a couple of days at my host families place, but not to long, because I don’t want to exceed their hospitality. When I’m not at my host families place I will travel across the country with a JR Rail Pass and do a lot of couchsurfing (because I’m still kinda broke). I also want to climb Mt. Fuji before the season ends on September 10th. And at the end of the month there is of course Manamis wedding. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

I know most of this is a child’s dream. But guys, maybe dreams can become reality sometimes.

Saturday July 15th, 2017
by Kay Safonov
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Rotary Orientation – Japan and Korea 2017/2018

Already it’s July again and another Rotary orientation for outbounds, who are going to either Japan or Korea, and future host families, who will host an inbound from Japan or Korea, is taking place in Bonn. I can’t believe how fast the time has passed. Around this time last year, I was in Bonn for the first time and checking out the university here and now my second semester is nearly over already.

So yeah, this weekend is an orientation weekend. For the 2017/2018 Rotary Youth Exchange. The Japan/Korea orientation is a special orientation for all concerned German outbounds and host families. I first went to this orientation around four years ago, right before I left for Japan myself. Now it’s my second year in a row participating a rebound and being hopefully a helpful resource for all outbounds and host families involved.

It’s a strange feeling to be in midst all these exchange students again. They bring a lot of joy and energy into my life. On the one side we have those, who just returned from their exchange. They are still super excited and have not really arrived back in Germany yet. Their feelings, of wanting to return to Japan/Korea are something I can still understand completely. Not a single day passes, on which I don’t think about Japan and wish to return.

On the other hand we have, of course, the outbounds. Some of them are actually flying to Japan or Korea in less than two weeks. This orientation gives them a lot of input of course, which will either excite them even more or maybe frighten them a little bit. They are just beginning their Rotarian journey and I wish them all the very best for their exchange. Hopefully they will make a lot of wonderful memories.

The community, which has been created in these past years between all exchange students, who went to Japan and Korea, is incredible. We’ve become even more than just friends, we’ve turned into a small family, that’s growing year by year. And I’m so thankful, to be surrounded by these amazing people and I hope to contribute a small portion to this community.

Sunday November 20th, 2016
by Kay Safonov

Book Series: All for the Game

All for the Game is a book series by Nora Sakavic, which was published in 2013 and 2014. The series is a trilogy and consists of the books: The Foxhole Court, The Raven King and The King’s Men. Earlier this year, I read the book series The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, which was a life changing experience, and afterwards I had this kind of vacuum where I needed another series that got to me again – All for the Game managed that.

The protagonist of the series is called Neil Josten. He is a runaway and the only thing he’s passionate about is Exy. Exy is a fictional sport, which is best described as a mixture of rugby and American football. It does sound really brutal from time to time and as if it really triggers the adrenaline. Neil originally escaped his father, who is the boss of a criminal syndicate and known as the Butcher, together with his mother. However, after his mother died, he had to continue on his own and enrolled at a high school in Millport. He also enters the local Exy team and even though the team itself is not very successful, Neils talent and potential does not go unnoticed. He gets an invitation to join the Palmetto State University Foxes and therefore, play Class I Exy. He accepts the invitation, even though it is his death sentence, since he’s supposed to be on the run.


When I first started reading The Foxhole Court, I wasn’t immediately hooked. The series took a while to grow on me. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve started reading this series after I had finished The Raven Boys and even though, the book series are a bit alike, the writing style is extremely different. The Raven Boys is all about aesthetic writing. Maggie Stiefvater has this genius ability to describe and lengthen seconds into decades and it’s mesmerizing. All for the Game, however, is all about the characters and the dialogues. Only after I got to know the characters and started caring for them and cheering for them, I’ve started to really enjoy this series.

The characters in All for the Game are all wrecks. The Palmetto State University Foxes are famous for enrolling renegades and problematic players and giving them another chance. Alcohol and drug abuse are the least of the problems mentioned in the books, there are other things like extreme homophobia, murder, abuse, rape and the whole story about a branch of the Japanese mafia which is hunting down some of the Foxes. The books are very explicit and if you can’t deal with that, you shouldn’t read the series. Neils father is not called the Butcher for nothing. The first two books are mostly filled with explicit violent content and the third book contains some explicit sexual scenes.

So it was the characters who made me love this series and made me re-read it a second time already. I have this urge to just put blankets around all the foxes and hand them hot chocolate all the day and to fight for them. At the end of the series I had this feeling that I myself had become a Palmetto State Fox. A part of the family. And that’s why I love this series so much, because it gets you hooked and gives you refuge (somehow). And I love how multi-faceted the Foxes and their problems are. Also, Exy is a co-ed sport, which I find extremely fascinating and you don’t even need to like sport to like this book series, because, again, it’s all about the characters.

All in all, I can recommend this book series to whoever has no problem with the explicit scenes. It is definitely worth a shot. The kindle version of the book series is also very cheap, around one to two Euro/Dollar per book. Sometimes they are even free, so why not give the Foxes a chance? In the end, all I want to share with you is this fan trailer for the series from YouTube:


Sunday November 13th, 2016
by Kay Safonov

Second Korea Day Bochum

The second annual Korea-Day took place on the 12th of November at the Ruhr-University in Bochum, which was organized by the Landesspracheninstitut (ain’t German words fun?) and the Korea Foundation, and I went with a couple of friends. It didn’t take us that long to get from Bonn to Bochum, only around two hours by train and another 30 minutes by underground and loads of walking. It was a bit cold though. It was my first time in Bochum and of course, I just have to say: our university is prettier.

The program of the day sounded very promising and I really looked forward to this day. There were mini languages courses, fairy tail tellings, noraebang, taekwondo demonstrations and workshops about the tea ceremony, traditional Korean music, drumming, Dance Dance Revolution, Hanbok (which you could try on), calligraphy and k-pop dancing. In the end, however, it wasn’t as good as it sounded. There were simply to many people and it was all very disorganized. You couldn’t take part in most workshops because there were to many people already and the building itself was just stuffed with people.

Another problem was the sheer number of k-pop fans who were nothing else then k-pop fans and had to tell the whole world. We were run over by people more than once. Often you also had this feeling, that they limited Korean culture only on k-pop and that’s not cool. Really not cool. Esspecially at such an event.  Half the people behaved as if it was a BTS concert or something. Also, singing and dancing to k-pop in the underground sounds like fun, but it’s really annoying for the other people around.

Still, we had fun, because we had each other. And we were still able to try a couple of things. We watched a traditional tea ceremony and tried the tea and the snacks (which were both really delicious), danced a bit Dance Dance Revolution (which was fun, because Orange Caramal Lipstick and G-Dragon Heartbreaker), tried some Korean tongue twisters and won some posters and we also got a lot of information material by the Korean organization of tourism and tried some Korean food. The day was alright. I was in good company.

Tuesday October 25th, 2016
by Kay Safonov

Reunited with my host sister Manami

April was a really shitty month, because I had to take my A-Level exams and that was a lot of work. To make it all even shittier, I got a message from my host sister Manami, two days before my history exam, that said: Hey, I’m in Frankfurt right now. My host parents actually told Manami not to tell me sooner, because I was supposed to focus on my studies and on my exam and that was very considerate, but it also broke my heart. I spend the whole day messaging with Manami and sending pictures to each other. I cried a lot. It was devastating to have her so close, but not being able to actually meet her. Anyways, she was on a business trip in Europa at that time and only stayed in Frankfurt for two days. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet each other, but she gave me hope and told me, that she would return to Europe in October.

It’s October now! And I live in Bonn. And Manami is yet again on a business trip in Europe and her boss allowed us to meet after her work is done! Yaas! So last night, at 9pm I took the train to Koblenz and walked to Manamis hotel and there she was! Wow. It really happend. I can’t believe it.

After nearly two and a half years, I was finally able to meet my host sister again. Unfortunately, we did not have so much time together, but we enjoyed every minute of it. We talked a lot about our lives, what has been going on these past two years, gave each other presents and hugged a lot. My host mum packed Manamis suitcase full with sweets and food for me and I am so immensely happy right now, because I have actually met Manami!

At one o’clock in morning I took the last train back to Bonn and wow, Koblenz at nine in evening is exactly the same as Koblenz at one o’clock in the morning.

On the 19th of October in 2013, so 3 years ago, I met Manami for the first time actually. Crazy how fast time passes.



19. October 2013 – I had European food for the first time while I was in Japan and a wonderful friendship started. 


24. October 2016 – Reunited at last. 



Sunday October 23rd, 2016
by Kay Safonov

Meeting Sung Suk-Je

It’s getting colder in Bonn and autumn is doing it’s best to make my life as uncomfortable as possible. I spend most of my time reading books right now and what is more fitting than that for autumn? Last Thursday we had a reading  followed by a conversation with South Korean author Sung Suk-Je (also known as Song Sokze) at the department for Korean and Japanese studies. The event was moderated by Jun. -Prof. Dr. Hee Seok Park, who is the head of the department for Korean studies at our university.

Sung Suk-Je is a well-known author in South Korea, who has won more than a couple of literary prices. He was born in 1960 in Sangju and studied law at university before he first published poems. Now he also published novels and childrens books. His only book that got translated into both German and English is called “In the Shade of the Oleander”. 

20161020_173005I myself did not know of Sung Suk-Je before last Thursday and the only reason I went to this reading, was because I’m writing myself and I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to meet a professional author and hear about his work life. We heard a part from his new book, which was just translated into German and doesn’t even have a German title yet. The two favorites for a title are “The Village at the River” and “Majestic”  and at this point I don’t know, wether this book will be translated into English as well, but I think so. The story follows a group of social outsiders who form their own little community at a village by a river (what a surprise) who are challenged by a group of gangsters. I thought, it sounded very interesting and the part we heard, was very beautifully written. Sung Suk-Je is a very aesthetic writer and he describes very intensively and I enjoyed his writing style a lot.

The highlight of the evening, however, was the conversation that followed the reading. Both, Sung Suk-Je and Prof. Park, were immensly humorous and it was highly enjoyable and interesting to hear the authors answers. He answered very openly and with a lot of detail. Sung Suk-Je talked about topics like his writing process, inspiration, translators and wether one needs to know gangster to write about them. The saying of the evening was definitly “Cheers to the Translators!” which I will repeat again and again, because translators are amazing and deserve a lot more respect.

The evening was not over with the reading and the conversation alone, however, and we were invited to eat some Korean snacks like Kimbap and Mandu, which was really delightful and delicious. At the end of the evening, I was very glad that I attended this event.

Wednesday October 5th, 2016
by Kay Safonov

Film: The Admiral – Roaring Currents

The Admiral – Roaring Currents oder auch Myeongnyang (명량) ist ein koreanischer Kriegsfilm aus dem Jahr 2014. Geschrieben wurde das Drehbuch von Jeon Chul-Hong und Kim Han-Min, letzterer war außerdem Direktor und Produzent des Filmes. Der Film erschien am 30. Juli 2014 in den koreanischen Kinos und hat eine Laufzeit von 127 Minuten. Bereits in den ersten zwölf Tagen nachdem der Film angelaufen war, wurde er von mehr als 10 Millionen Menschen gesehen und hat damit einen neuen Rekord aufgestellt. Außerdem überholte The Admiral – Roaring Currents den Rekord für den meist gesehensten Film in Korea, der ursprünglich bei 13 Millionen Zuschauern für den Film Avatar lag. 

battle_of_myeongryang_posterDer Film folgt der legendären Seeschlacht von Myeongnyang, die ungefähr im Jahr 1597 stattfand. Die Schlacht wird als der größte Erfolg des Admirals Yi Sun-Sin gefeiert, der es schaffte mit den verbleibenden zwölf Schiffen seiner Flotte die einfallende japanische Flotte von 330 Schiffen zu besiegen. Historisch schwanken die Zahlen der japanischen Schiffe zwischen 100 und 330, aber die anzahlmäßige Überlegenheit ist in jedem Fall gegeben. Im Film hat man sich für die extreme Zahl von 330 japanischen Schiffen entschieden.

Vor Beginn der Schlacht sind die japanischen Truppen natürlich äußerst optimistisch und gehen von ihrem Sieg aus, obwohl sie trotzdem Yi Sun-Sin auf keinen Fall unterschätzen wollen, denn sein Name ist bekannt und wird gefürchtet. Außerdem gibt es innerhalb der japanischen Truppen verzwickte Machtspiele und die verschiedenen Machthaber tragen noch eigene Zwiste untereinander aus. Währenddessen muss Yu Sun-Sin gegen die zunehmende Verzweiflung seiner Truppen ankämpfen. Immer mehr und mehr desertierten und ein Deserteur setzt sogar das letzte verbliebene Schildkröten-Schiff der Flotte in Brand und scheint damit das letzte bisschen Moral in der Truppe zu zerstören. Doch Yu Sun-Sin schafft es schließlich, auch mit radikalen und gewaltsamen Methoden, seine Männer zum Kampf gegen die Japaner zu bewegen und nutzt strategisch die gefährliche Strömung rund um Myeongnyang aus um die Japaner zu besiegen.

The Admiral – Roaring Currents ist teilweise ein sehr schwerfälliger Film. Die Atmospähre ist bedrückend und es fühlt sich an, als würde eine Ewigkeit vergehen, bis die tatsächliche Schlacht dann tatsächlich beginnt. Im Grunde weiß man ja von Anfang an, dass Yu Sun-Sin die Schlacht gewinnen wird, deswegen ist dieses Hinauszögern teilweise ein wenig übertrieben. Es gibt auch einige Szenen im Film, die nichts sind für Leute mit schwachen Nerven, denn immerhin ist es ein Kriegsfilm und es wird nichts beschönigt. Die eigentliche Schlacht wirkt ziemlich fantastisch und es fällt einem wirklich schwer zu glauben, dass Yu Sun-Sin das Ganze wirklich bewältigt hat, aber es basiert ja auf historischen Fakten. Wirklich beeindruckend.

The Admiral – Roaring Currents bleibt ein Film, den ich mir wohl nicht noch einmal in nächster Zeit anschauen werde. Er hat sich einfach viel länger angefühlt, als er wirklich war und zwar nicht auf eine positive Weise. Außerdem hat mir der Flow im Film gefehlt, es hat wirklich irgendwie am Zusammenspiel der einzelnen filmischen Elemente gehabert.

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Choi Min-Sik spielt den Admiral Yi Sun-Sin. In weiteren Hauptrollen sind außerdem zu sehen Ryu Seung-Ryong, Cho Jin-Woong, Kim Myung-Gon, Park Bo-Gum und Jin Goo.

Tuesday October 4th, 2016
by Kay Safonov

Zweite Korea-Woche in Bonn

Vom 23. September bis zum 27. September fand in Bonn die zweite Korea-Woche statt. Organisiert wurde das ganze von der Außenstelle der südkoreanischen Botschaft in Bonn und der Bundesstadt Bonn. Ich habe davon eher zufällig erfahren, weil ein Flyer davon für die Leute die Begleitfach Koreanisch machen in unser Gruppe für die Erstis Asienwissenschaften gepostet wurde. Yay. Das Programm ging am Freitag mit einem Film los. “The Admiral – Roaring Currents” konnte im Kino Sternlichtspiele kostenlos angesehen werden. Allerdings musste man sich vorher per Mail anmelden, was ich dann auch gleich gemacht habe.

mini-img-20160924-wa0039Der Abend im Kino wurde eröffnet durch den koreanischen Generalkonsul der eine kleine Rede gehalten hat und uns die historischen Hintergründe zum Film näher erläutert hat. Im Film ging es um den Admiral Yi Sun-Sin und die legendäre Seeschlacht von Myeongnyang. Details dazu folgen aber Morgen in einem weiteren Blogpost.  Es war auf jeden Fall interessant. Im Kino waren vor allem Koreaner und auch ein paar Japaner und ich hatte einen angenehmen Abend. Interessante Randinfo, in Bonn wohnen mehr als 400 Koreaner.

Am nächsten Tag ging es dann auf dem Marktplatz von Bonn weiter mit einem interessanten Nachmittagsprogramm. Ich habe das ganze auch in unserem Gruppenchat von unserer K-Pop Tanzgruppe gepostet und siehe da, es hat jemand gesagt, dass er mich gerne dort treffen würde! Also habe ich an diesem Samstag Sasa kennen gelernt. Wir hatten eine Menge Spaß und haben unsere gemeinsame Liebe für Selfies und andere Dinge entdeckt und es war der Beginn einer wunderbaren Freundschaft, die jetzt schon zwei Wochen andauert. Eigentlich bin ich nicht die Schnellste wenn es um das Schließen von Freundschaften geht, aber manchmal macht es einfach Klick. Ich liebe das.

mini-img-20160924-wa0018Das Programm an dem Nachmittag war auch echt interessant und wir hatten eine Menge Spaß bei den Vorführungen. Es gab tradionelle Tänze zu bestaunen, zwei verschiedene und extrem beeindruckende Taekwondo-Vorführungen und vor allen Dingen, jede Menge Vergnügen.

Danach ging es noch mal ins Kino. Zum einen gab es den Film “C’Est Si Bon” und zum anderen den Film “Dong-Ju – The Portrait of a Poet” zu sehen. Eigentlich waren die beiden Vorstellungen schon voll, aber wir durften warten bis es anfing und schauen ob noch zwei Plätze frei bleiben. Und ja, es waren Plätze frei! Also durften wir die beiden Filme schauen und ihr könnt ja mal schauen; ich habe dazu schon zwei Beiträge geschrieben. Bei “C’Est Si Bon” sind bei Sasa die Tränen geflossen und bei “Dong-Ju” bei mir. Es war ein wundervoller Abend.

Die zweite Korea-Woche in Bonn hat eine Menge Spaß gemacht und ich bin auf jeden Fall wieder dabei, wenn es nächstes Jahr wieder soweit ist. Ganz ist damit das koreanische Programm aber nicht abgeschlossen, am 20.Oktober hält der Autor Sung Suk-Je eine Vorlesung und steht dann zum Autorengespräch bereit. Sasa und ich sind ein bisschen in der Zwickmühle, weil zum gleichen Zeitpunkt auch die Ersti-Wilkommensfeier anfängt, aber mal schauen.

Kleiner Ausschnitt aus der musikalischen Vorstellung: 

Jeonju University Taekwondo Demonstration Team: