I have Japanese father and Korean mother. And I went to Korean school in Japan from elementary school to high school and learned Korean language, history and traditional dancing. So I realize I know Korea well. But I became to thought I don't know korean as I talked with friends like korean music and culture. I have never lived in Korea in long term of ten month. So I want to live in Korea and know mother country of my mother. And I decided study abroad in Korea.
I want to not just improve my laguage's ability, but also learn flexible way of thinking and large field of vison to variety of thoughts while I have Korean and students studying abroad from other country or watch news and read newspaper. And I think I want get to know Korean culture, manner and sense of value. Moreover I hope that I tell Japanese culture or beauty to my friends.
After I came to study abroad, I think I developed conversation and listening abilities than before. I regret I couldn`t say anything I want to say because I was scared that my Korean friends would think I say odd things or I cannot speak Korean. But now I have many Korean friends and I have dinner with them after school or they cook dishes for me on weekends. I want to sustain current state.
It might be from difficulties in finding employment, but I feel that Korean students study very hard. Furthermore, if Professors ask somebody a question, Korean student will respond and have an opinion herself. And Korean people frequently use the word "Uri" which mean "us". They say "Uri Nara" instead of "Korea". I thought people have strong consciousness that "We are Korean nation". So many young people think about politics and a social ploblems deeply than the Japanese young people. I have not well thought about politics yet, and I couldn't respond about Japanese politics when my friends asked me. Then they would say you are not Japanese or I know Japan more then you do. So, I feel sense of crisis.
I want to talk not only about plesant stories but also the deep stories with Korea. In order to do so, I think I shoud read articles that events are written on.
Although I was nervous to speak Korean for the first month after I went to study abroad, I became able to speak fluently with Korean. Hearing the announcement was the best I could do. Now I can hear the announcement even when I am talking with my friends or while listening in on people's talkings.
I thought that I was involved with people from various countries during my study abroad and I had to take a look at the person himself, not thinking which country.
I do not know exactly what I'd like to do in the future yet, but I would like to get a job related to Korea so that I can become a bridge between Korea and Japan. Also, even after my study abroad, I am trying to apply for Korean language school teacher in Japan, call a friend living in Korea, and get involved with Korea.