At the beginning of this year, I went to Seoul for the first time in several years.
Gangnam Myeonok 강남면옥, located in Insadong, Seoul's traditional cultural district, is known as a famous restaurant where you can enjoy authentic galbijim.
Galbijim, steamed mandu, and cold noodles are especially popular.
・Galbijim Gangnam Myeonok 강남면옥's galbijim is characterized by tender and juicy beef.The meat marinated in a secret sauce has just the right amount of sweetness, deep flavor, and a melt-in-your-mouth texture and rich flavor. You can enjoy it. It is a masterpiece that you will never forget once you try it.
・Steamed mandu Handmade steamed mandu are Korean steamed dumplings packed with the flavor of meat and vegetables. The chewy skin and juicy ingredients create an exquisite balance that makes you feel happy every time you eat it.
・Naengmyeon (Cold noodle) As the name noodle shop suggests, the cold and refreshing beef soup-cooled noodles are the restaurant's signature menu. By eating it between galbijim and steamed mandu, it also serves as a refreshing change of pace.
When you go to Seoul, Gangnam Myeonok 강남면옥 is a must-visit spot and is a recommended restaurant that you should definitely visit and enjoy.
As the new year approaches, we almost always come across topics related to this year's goals.
At the beginning of the year, I try to set some kind of goal with the thought that ``This is the year,'' but after a few months, it's a common pattern that the goal is a distant memory.
The more specific and detailed your goals are, the easier it is to achieve them.
For example, instead of saying, "I'm going to exercise this year," you might say, "I'll do 30 push-ups every day," "I'll jump rope 500 times every day," or "I'll walk at least 5,000 steps every day."
・It is better to say "memorize 3 new English words every day" than just "study English"
・ Instead of "writing a diary," try "writing one line in your diary every day."
・Rather than just "getting better at cooking," decide each time what dishes you want to make well and complete them one by one.
In order to set and stick to specific goals, you need to have the confidence that you can do it, so I think it's important to know about yourself.
I have tried "writing a diary" several times, but it never lasted more than a few days.
However, when I set a goal of writing one line in my diary every day, I found that writing one line didn't bother me so much, and I ended up continuing to do so for nearly three years.
Among the things I read in Kazuyo Katsuma's book, the following document is my favorite.
At McKinsey, I was taught that the state where a problem remains vague is likened to the "sea," and the state where the problem is divided into specific parts is likened to "seawater in a beaker." "You can't boil the ocean, but you can boil seawater in a beaker."
That's certainly true; not being able to solve a problem is like trying to figure out how to boil an entire ocean. Scoop up some seawater in a beaker, divide it into small portions, and boil it.
Although the content is about problem solving, I believe it can also be applied to goal setting.
Rather than setting vague goals, by breaking them down into specific goals at the beginning of the year, you want to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the year.
"Beer Café Bruggs Sott Nihonbashi" is a Belgian restaurant located on the 2nd floor of Coredo Muromachi 2.
This is a specialty restaurant that serves Belgian beer through an exclusive contract as an official import agent with De Halve Maan, a long-established Belgian beer brewery with a history of over 450 years.
I'm not familiar with Belgian cuisine, but when I went to Nihonbashi, I found this restaurant and enjoyed the traditional Belgian hamburger "Frikadelle."
It looked like a large meatball and went well with the sauce, and perhaps because the meat had no sinews or fat, it was lighter and more delicious than it looked.
The other day, I bought three clothes that I liked at Uniqlo for the first time in a while.
There is a self-checkout system, and when you put your clothes (or a basket full of clothes) into a box-shaped recess, multiple items are instantly read and the product list and price are displayed on the screen.
I had previously seen an unmanned convenience store introduced on a TV program with a similar cash register, but when I actually experienced it, I found it to be a very innovative and convenient system.
It takes several tens of seconds from the time you start operating the cash register until the payment is completed.
Checkout is fast so you don't have to wait in line.
I am reminded of the words of William Gibson: "The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed."
Even if we live in the same era, our lifestyle patterns will change depending on the systems around us.
When people were forced to refrain from going out due to the coronavirus pandemic and telecommuting was introduced, there was a story in the news about people having no choice but to go to work just to stamp documents.
I remember feeling that I was living in a different space in the same era as the IT companies and other groups where the "future" was being generalized by introducing PDF electronic stamps and electronic payments.
In short, here again we see that the future is not evenly distributed.
I like film cameras, and I also like the warm tones of LP records.
We live in a modern world where analog (past), digital and AI (future) coexist. First of all, I want to understand what kind of future is coming and then skillfully incorporate the efficient "future" and the "past" that will add richness to our lives.
I visited Kamogawa Sea World because I heard that there are killer whales there, which is rare.
It's a two-hour express bus ride from Tokyo Station, so it's not an easy place to go if you want to, but the scenery along the way was beautiful and we were blessed with good weather, so we had a lot of fun.
Personally, I think the most appealing thing about Kamogawa Sea World is being able to see killer whales swimming through the large windows of the restaurant.
It feels like you're watching the ocean together, and the killer whales may even pass by your window, giving you a different sense of intimacy than watching a show.
The food at the restaurant was very high quality, the service was good, and I was able to enjoy a meal that exceeded my expectations, perhaps because it is also run by a hotel.
The shop has a wide selection of souvenirs, and is one of the places I highly recommend for people who like aquariums.
He is a German industrial designer who worked at Braun, a home appliance manufacturer, from 1961 until 1995 as director of the design department.
He developed a clean, functional design philosophy influenced by the Bauhaus, which became known as the Ten Principles of Design.
■“10 Rules for Good Design” by Dieter Rams ・Good design is innovative. ・Good design makes a product useful. ・Good design is aesthetic. ・Good design makes a product understandable. ・Good design is unobtrusive. ・Good design is honest. ・Good design has longevity. ・Good design is consequent down to the last detail. ・Good design is environmentally friendly. ・Good design is as little design as possible.
Dieter Rams' design philosophy focuses on simplicity, functionality, durability and beauty.
As a result, his designs remain attractive over time and have influenced many designers and manufacturers and Jonathan Ive, who designed Apple's iMac, iPod/iPhone, and iPad, has also said that he was greatly influenced by Dieter Rams.
The images Braun Pocket Radio T3 often appear when discussing their impact.
Wanting to empathize with that feeling, I ordered a Braun watch.