校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”Korean culture”

Korea and its culture are becoming more popular among high school girls in Japan. According to an internet survey, more than 80% of teens answered that “Korean culture is prevalent around me.” In addition to music groups from Korea, aspects of the Korean culture such as their cosmetics, fashion, and cuisine have also recently become very popular. Furthermore, the shape of the Korean alphabet, called Hangul, is also a favorite among high school girls.

This boom in the popularity of Korean culture first came about in 2003 due to the TV drama “Winter Sonata”. The second wave rode the popularity of K-POP groups such as Girls’ Generation’ around 2010, and the third is taking place now, influenced by what is currently known as the “SNS shine”. Although adults aren’t as positive about Korea on the Internet, it seems that the youth of Japan has taken to heart the “goodness of Korea” and its culture.

Students in Shoin’s high school 2nd and 3rd grade regular and physical expression courses are now able to take Korean as an elective course and second foreign language, and many of them have chosen to do so. Currently, students can take 4 credits of Korean in 2 years, and due to their enthusiasm, some have become able to speak Korean very well indeed.

In addition, during My-time, time set aside for individual research and study, and which was this year introduced at the high school first grade level, students will be able to study Korean culture from the third semester under the topic of cross-cultural exchange. This is likely to become more and more popular among high school students. In addition, since My-time from next year will be allocated 7 credits in the 3rd year of high school, so if you choose Korean as your second foreign language, you will gain 11 credits through learning about Korean culture.

Finally, we are planning to reorganize the English Language Training Center (ELTC) at Shoin with the introduction of a new Korean department so that students can study Korean and Korean culture as well as English. It seems that there is a feeling amongst young people these days that there is a sense of closeness with the Korean culture because of the similarities in fashion and the way we appear.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno