Wisteria Festival at Kameido Tenjin Shrine

  Wisteria flowers begin blooming all at once starting in late April to early May. These lovely lavender-colored flowers are comprised of several bunches and look stunning when dangled from trellises. The best place to see them is Kameido Tenjin Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the god of study. People visit the shrine not only … More Wisteria Festival at Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Baseball Night

It was at Meiji Jingu Stadium in 1978 while watching a baseball game that Haruki Murakami had the revelation that he could write a novel. I no longer dream of writing my own novel (too lazy) nor even think of hitting a ball even if I use a paddle (zero talent at hitting anything round). … More Baseball Night

KBS On Experience Hall

Address: 13, Yeouigongwon-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul Closest Subway: National Assembly Station Exit: 4 Operating Hours: 9:30 – 17:30 Closed: New Year’s Day, Seollal (Lunar New Year) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) Holidays, first Monday of every month   How to Get There Take Line 9 (Brown) to National Assembly Station Exit 4. Walk straight then turn right and walk straight … More KBS On Experience Hall

Idol Encounters at FNC Entertainment

Address: 46 Dosan-daero 85 gil Gangnam-gu (Cheongdamdong 111), Seoul Website: http://fncent.com/ Closest Subway: Apgujeong-rodeo Station Exit: 2 A Hallyu-themed trip won’t be complete without visiting the celebrities’ entertainment agencies. These are mostly concentrated around the plush district of Gangnam, with SM, JYP, and FNC at walking distance from each other in Cheongdamdong. Since my favorite band, CNBLUE introduced my … More Idol Encounters at FNC Entertainment

CNBLUE Jong Hyun’s Sulbing Korean Dessert Cafe

Address: Sillim-dong, Gwanak District, Seoul 1432-7 Closest Subway: Sillim Station Exit: 6 After the filling lunch at CNBLUE’s Kang Min Hyuk’s grill restaurant, we headed straight to another idol-owned establishment for dessert – CNBLUE’s lead guitarist Lee Jong Hyun’s Sulbing Dessert Cafe near Sillim Station. Sulbing is a popular dessert cafe all over Korea that specializes in bingsu, a Korean dessert … More CNBLUE Jong Hyun’s Sulbing Korean Dessert Cafe

CNBLUE Min Hyuk’s Hwang’s Eel Restaurant

Address: 114, Seolleung-ro 190-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea Closest Subway: Yeongdeungpo Market Station Exit: 3     During my first Hallyu-themed trip, I made sure to eat lunch at CNBLUE’s Kang Min Hyuk’s family-owned restaurant located in Yeongdeungpo-gu. It’s a little tricky to find since it’s not in the usual tourist area. How to Get There Take the … More CNBLUE Min Hyuk’s Hwang’s Eel Restaurant