Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Year of friendship

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.

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