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[Asia Talk] Best places to go out during the spring in Asia

[Asia Talk]
Best places to go out during the spring in Asia

How warm and sweet the spring is!
After long frozen winter, flowers bloom in the street welcoming the warm spring season!

As very excited to get into the spring, the editors of Jeongdong Theater who came from each different Asian Counties,
Japan, Taiwan and Korea, have talked about the best places to go out during the spring in each countries.

Hope it is very useful for your happy spring!

 Taiwan

There are three places to recommend in Taiwan!

1. Yangming Shan(Mountain)

Yangming Shan is located in New Taipei City and it is one of the best national parks in Taiwan.

Many people go out to the mountain to feel the flowers and the green grasses.

Also, this mountain is well known as a place to have a sauna.

And you can look down to the night view of the city on the mountain.

There is a very famous restaurant to enjoy the beautiful scene!

(Restaurant called ‘Sleepless at Caoshan’)

2. Wuling Farm

Wuling Farm is located in Taichung and you can see various type of pink flowers there in the spring!

Check what kind of flowers you can see in the farm!

3. Alishan

Alishan is located in Chiayi County and it is very well know with its railway in the forest!

Also many people enjoy the lunch box which is sold in the train.

After getting on the top, you can see a very beautiful sun rising there!!

Please mind that the spring of Taiwan is from last of February  to the first of March!

It is a bit earlier than other countries!

Japan

Japanese people love the spring because of Sakura(Cherry Blossom).
Sakura is the national flower of Japan so it is also kind of a symbol of Japan.

As the entrance ceremony is in April when the cherry blossom blooms in peak,
In school and in office, people normally have gathering events at places of cherry blossom.

Most of fresh men are have responsible for preparing the events!

Also as Japan is famous with lovely lunch boxes(Bentos), people prepare the lunch box with their own favor!

If you can not good at make a lunch box, don’t worry, you can buy various kinds of bentos at the market!

The most famous places for Sakura are around Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hill.

(Tokyo Tower)

(Roppongi Hill)

Korea

In Korea, yellow was the symbolic color of Spring so the forsythia had been a symbol of spring.

 However, from some day, cherry blossom became the famous flower for the spring in Korea as well like Japan.

Therefore I would like to introduce you three places to enjoy the cherry blossom in Korea

1.  Yeouido

Yeouido is an island located in the middle of Han River.

As the Han River is one of the best place to enjoy the picnic, many people come out there in weekend

 Especially, in spring, there is Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival.

Also, as mentioned above, many people enjoy the picnic at Han River.

Differently with Japanese people, Korean people don’t need to prepare their lunch box
because the delivery service is common in Korea!

How it works in the middle of the park? No worries, Just make a call to order and explain your location
for example, “It is under the XX bridge and it is 1st tent.”

Then the delivery man will bring the foods at the correct location!

2. Namsan(Around the Hanyang city wall)

Namsan is also one of the famous place to hang out. (Especially for the couples)

Recently, the city wall of Joseon Dynasty is restored and it is listed on UNESCO heritage.

Trough the old city wall, you also can feel the flower so why don’t you walk through the way?

3. Jinhae, the Naval Port Festival

Janhae is located in southern part of Korea, Kyeongsang province.

As the naval academy of Korea is located in there, every 1st week of April, the Naval Port Festival is held.

Also the festival is well know as the place of cherry blossom so many people visit there to enjoy the flower.

Why don’t you come out to enjoy the spring with beautiful flowers?

Hope you can taste the different spring in each Asian countries!

[Interview] Haneul Cho_ Main Dancer of ‘Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More’

[Interview : Haneul Cho_Main Dancer of ‘Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More]

2017 Jeongdong Theater Tradition Series 

<Lotus, A Flower Come Out Once More>

Meeting with Haneul Cho, the Main Dancer !

 

It was last of March in the full of spring whether,
I visited in the rehearsal room of <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> which will be opened soon at April. 6.

I saw actors who go at their rehearsal in details even if it was the lunch time.

I interviewed Haneul Cho who acts as ‘Seo-ryon’, the main character to know more about the performance!

Let’s meet her together!

Q: Please introduce your self and your character, ‘Seo-ryeon’
A: Hello
. My name is Haneul Cho and I act ‘Seo-ryeon’, the main character in the performane ‘Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More’. The name of ‘Seo-ryeon’ means ‘Water Lily which comes out at dawn, early in the morning’. She is the best dancer in the court who is good at play music and dance.

Q: What do you focus for describe the character ‘Seo-ryeon’?
A: In a scene where Seo-ryeon dances with Heaguem, a Korean traditional instrument, I’m doing my best to contain the emotion rather then just describe the playing of the instrument.

Q: Did you refer to any other character in Movie or Drama to describe ‘Seo-ryeon’? 
A: When you see the performance, you also will find that this performance is very resemble to <Romeo and Juliet> in the part of emotion. To describe the love, conflict and sorrow, I refer to the movie. Also, I refer to a Korean historical drama, <Dong-i> where the main character play Haegeum in her joy or sorrow.


Q: What is your specially difficult thing or joyful thing to act ‘Seo-ryeon’ relative to other role that you did?
A: I have played Haeguem in many times but I’ve never dance with it.

​It is very difficult to describe various emotions through the dance with the instrument
becuase I was experienced to describe the emotion only through my body.

However it became the most joyful and interest part as I’ve rehears it a lot.

Q: Performances of Jeongdong Theater mostly have a form of drama telling with Korean traditional dance.
As you are a dancer, what is the different thing compare with general dance performances?

A: The general dance performances only focus on the movement of dancer but in this performance, Chung-han Kim, the director, checked acting in very detail.

Also as Jeongdong theater has a stage which is very close to the audiences for comunication,
It is also different thing that it is easy to generously deliver the emotion and the atmosphere of the dram through the dance.

Q: Please introduce the highlight scene of <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>
A: In <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More>,
the highlights is Korean traditional group dance such as sword dance, small drum dance and five drums dance
as well as the love story.

Also the haegeum play of Seo-ryeon and Daegeum play of Dodam also scenes that you should never miss.

Q: As before the opening on April.6,
Please give any recommendation to the audiences who will come to see the performance. 

A: The performance <Lotus, A Flower Comes Out Once More> which will begin at the spring of April
will give you the smell of the spring and the romance like a cherry blossom.

We, all of the actors and the staffs, prepared this performance on our best. Please give more interest and love to it!

How was the interview?

Did you feel more about the performance and ‘Seo-ryeon’ through the interview?

Please give more interest to all about ‘Seo-ryeon’ on the real stage!