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From South Korea: Let's ask Gyzarus, Q&A about Life in Fukuoka!

REAL Voices! International Students on Life in Fukuoka!
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Fukuoka Prefecture boasts the third largest number of international students in Japan. You can encounter a lot of international atmosphere here. In this special feature, you can listen to the "real voices of international students" studying in Fukuoka. This time we introduce Fukuoka Q&A by Gyzarus, an international student from South Korea. Gyzarus is studying physics at a national university and we are wondering how Gyzarus is enjoying his life in Fukuoka.

The stories I heard at my cram school prepared me for being an international student in Japan!

◎ About being a student here in Fukuoka

ab: What was your reason for studying in Fukuoka?

When I was in high school, I became serious about studying physics. Gradually I started to think that it would be great if I could study in Japan where they have a large amount of research budgets for natural science. In the midst of this, I was given the opportunity to study in Japan and was accepted to a national university in Fukuoka. This is why I decided to start my life here, feeling blessed to get the opportunity to study abroad.

ab: How did you collect information about Fukuoka before coming here?

Besides following the news, I also heard stories from seniors at my cram school which specializes in studying in Japan. They gave examples about the most difficult things I might encounter with housing contracts, mobile phone contracts or obtaining credit cards. I was puzzled by the complexity of the procedures, but I was very grateful that my seniors had prepared me well and I did not encounter too many troubles once I was here.

ab: If you have any recommendations or insights about studying Japanese, please share them here!

In my case, I started studying Japanese in junior high school by watching the "Yu-Gi-Oh!" anime and reading sentences on the "Yu-Gi-Oh!' cards. Fortunately, in Japan, there are many possibilities now to study Japanese similar to this, when you have a hobby related to Japanese, I think you will be able to improve quickly.

ab: What is the food like at university? What is your favorite dish?

You can eat at the cafeteria twice a day, once at lunch time then at night. They offer discounts at a certain time of day and there is a wide variety of dishes available which are cheap and delicious. My favorite meal is karaage fried chicken curry. They also introduce new items weekly like Carbo-Katsu-don and chilled Zhajiangmian etc, so I go to university excited about what kind of dishes may be on the menu this week.
Life in Fukuoka!

◎ Living arrangement information

ab: What kind of room do you live in? (Room-share? Dormitory?)

At first I lived in a dormitory, but now I live in a rented apartment. It actually is a little bit big for a single person, but because the apartment is further away from university it is not that expensive.

ab: How much are your monthly living expenses?

Rent is 40,000 Yen, 25,000 Yen for food, utility bills are 8,000 Yen, 3,000 Yen for communication-services, other expenses 10,000 Yen (clothes, transportation, insurance etc.), so the total is about 90,000 Yen. Currently, I have two part-time jobs to cover my living expenses.

ab: Meals (What kind of food do you like to eat every day? Cooking for yourself? Buying food at convenience stores?)

Life in Fukuoka!
I mainly eat lunch at the cafeteria, for dinner I usually warm up retort curries or when I do have some more time I cook for myself some simple dishes (spaghetti, fried rice, Dak galbi).

ab: When do you most feel like you are truly in Japan?

When I walk outside, down the road, I feel like I am in Japan. Another time is when I see people lining up neatly in front of shops and bus stops, even though it is very busy. Also when I see there is no rubbish on the streets.

◎ Having fun in Fukuoka

ab: Which place did you like best in Fukuoka so far?

There is always a lot to see at LaLaport Fukuoka and I can do a lot of shopping there. It is a little far to walk from the station, but it is well worth it. Also interesting is watching the large-scale GUNDAM statue move some body parts with sound effects at a set time.

ab: Which places haven't you been to yet but would like to visit in Fukuoka?

Actually, I will leave Fukuoka next year to move to Tokyo for a new job, so I would like to make sure to visit Uminonakamichi Seaside Park before I leave. I have heard that there are many things to enjoy there along with beautiful scenery, I am really looking forward to it.

ab: Please share your favorite photo that you took in Fukuoka!

This is a photo of the large-scale GUNDAM statue that I took when I went to LaLaport Fukuoka. I am not really a big fan of GUNDAM, but seeing the giant GUNDAM statue in motion was very exciting and moving for me.
Life in Fukuoka!

◎ A message to everyone who wants to study in Fukuoka!

I believe in the saying "no pain no gain". I think that preparing for the EJU (Examination for Japanese University admission for international students) and TOEFL exams can be tough, but please do your best. As long as you put in the effort, you should be rewarded with good results. I hope that you will be accepted into the school of your choice and that you will enjoy your student life in Japan!


I am Gyzarus from Busan, South Korea. I enjoy living and studying here in Fukuoka as an international student. It is easy to live here and so much fun.

- Hobbies: playing games, practicing musical instruments, studying foreign languages
- Favourite Japanese food: Tonkatsu, curry rice
- Favourite Japanese anime or manga: "Fullmetal Alchemist", "Yu-Gi-Oh!", "Bakemonogatari"
- Favourite Japanese music: "Airman ga Taosenai" (エアーマンが倒せない)

Useful Information - External Links - Find out even more about Fukuoka!

Fukuoka travel guide!
- Fukuoka Prefecture Tourist Association VISIT FUKUOKA: https://www.crossroadfukuoka.jp/
└ CYCLE & TRAIL FUKUOKA: https://www.crossroadfukuoka.jp/cycletrail/
└ Traditional Crafts of Fukuoka, Japan: https://www.crossroadfukuoka.jp/traditionalcrafts/
└ HOT SPRING GUIDE THE ONSEN FUKUOKA: https://fukuoka-onsen.com/english/

Study in Fukuoka!
- Fukuoka International Student Support Center (FiSSC): https://www.fissc.net/
- Fukuoka International Exchange Foudation: https://kokusaihiroba.or.jp/

Live in Fukuoka!
- Fukuoka Prefecture Official Website: https://www.pref.fukuoka.lg.jp/site/english/

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