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Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011
VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Shonan: What's your favorite Korean import?
By CHARLES LEWIS
Part-time worker, 28 (Japanese)
I like Korean TV dramas and pop music. I never watch Japanese dramas. I like Korean dramas because you don't have to think much. My favorite Korean bands are Shojojidai and Kara.
Starbucks staff, 32 (American)
I like the food from Korea, especially bulgogi (marinated barbecued beef), but I'm not too much of a fan of K-pop and I don't really watch TV at all.
Self-employed tutor, 31 (Japanese)
I like Korean food the best. There used to be a Korean restaurant near my house and I often went there and ate chijimi (vegetable pancakes) and chapchae (a sweet-potato noodle dish).
Salaryman, 48 (Japanese)
I'm not interested in any Korean cultural imports. I think yakiniku has become Japanese food and is not Korean anymore. My wife likes Korean dramas but I watch Japanese dramas.
Housewife, 27 (Japanese)
My favorite Korean food is topogi (spicy rice cakes). I often go to Korean restaurants in Shin-Okubo. Korean music is nice because the dances are cute and the melodies are easy to remember.
Akira Hatsuzawa (Japanese)
Car dealership employee, 54
Korean food and dramas are best. I like to make chige (Korean stew) at home. My wife likes a Korean actor so I started watching dramas with her, and now I like them because the stories are simple.
Interviews were conducted in Kamakura and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture. Interested in gathering views in your neighborhood? Email firstname.lastname@example.org