This year marks the 40th year of normalized relations between Korea and Japan. To celebrate that milestone and also promote further kinship, 2005 is designated as Korea-Japan Friendship year. 200 events are planned highlighting each countries traditions and culture.
The recent co-hosting of the 2002 World Cup was a major step forward, but it’s the growing exchange and demand for each country’s pop culture that is leading the new bond. This ties in with yesterdays post on Hyung-tae Kim, but at the time, I had not come across the news of this friendship year. Must be some psychic connection with my peoples.
I gained a greater appreciation of Korean culture during my time working at a local game store. The owners were Korean and they celebrated a great sale or other significant event with a night out filled with various regional cuisines. Good times.