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Many military analysts recognize that the Security Treaty has little to do with the defense of Japan. It is clear that the reason that the Marines in particular are in Japan is that the Government of Japan provides the bases and pays such generous subsidies for them. In contrast to the US navy and air force, they are largely irrelevant to the defense of Okinawa or Japan as stipulated under the Treaty. That meant that both the supposed 8, to be transferred to Guam and the 10, to move to Henoko were phantom, groundless, figures.

The notion that a Marine force in Okinawa somehow stays China or North Korea from possible aggression seems especially misconceived. This is a new, different, upgraded facility that U. Marines will receive for free and will use as a forward base capable of attacking foreign territories, not just for training.

By their nature, they are not for the defense of particular regions. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it seems likely that the US has, for its own strategic purposes, decided to transfer core units of the Futenma Marines not just their command to Guam. If he is right, the Henoko project itself, and the hullabaloo in Japan surrounding it, rested on a fundamental misunderstanding. Even if he is right, however, and the Pentagon has indeed decided to convert Guam into the core military fortress for the region, that is not to say that the US would be likely to let Japan off its promise to build, furbish and pay for an additional base for them, particularly a multi-service base with deep-sea port and expanded and upgrade air force facilities such as attached to the Oura Bay design at Henoko.

Above all there is no military or strategic rationale for imposing yet another military facility on Okinawa against the will of the vast majority o Okinawans. At elections, the LDP made every effort to avoid a focus on the base issue, while stressing its ability to provide jobs and money.

By , the system no longer worked. The political credibility of the Liberal-Democratic Party-based system that ran national, prefectural and city governments had been fatally weakened in the minds of Okinawan electors: it had simply failed to deliver. Over the years from to dependence on government subsidies deepened, unemployment in Nago City rose to Certainly the mood in Okinawa changed with the Hatoyama victory in the national elections of August Okinawan DPJ and associated opposition party candidates who explicitly opposed any Futenma replacement project swept the polls, recording a higher vote than ever before in the proportional section.

Where opinion in Okinawa had once been divided almost evenly between those who opposed relocation within Okinawa and those prepared to accept it, ten years on anti-base sentiment had hardened and opinion was running consistently at around 70 per cent against the Guam formula for Henoko construction. It meant that, while Tokyo struggled desperately to find a way to implement the Guam Treaty, Okinawa unanimously rejected it, specifically its provisions for expanded base infrastructure on Okinawa.

From December , when he announced the May target for decision, the span of six months to resolve the Futenma replacement issue — and secure American consent to it - seemed impossibly tight. Gradually, however, the Hatoyama government narrowed the selection process to several main options: Marine Corps Camp Schwab at Henoko , or a 1, metre runway also within the Camp but further inland, needing more time, and involving more substantial earthworks.

In broad outline, both these ideas had been considered and ruled out in the negotiations leading to the realignment agreement of The former Schwab option was probably not viable for the simple reason that the U. To adopt either of them would also require a fresh Environmental Impact study, which normally requires several years and, if done properly, would be open to possible negative outcome or, in the event of a positive outcome, would be followed by up to 10 years for construction.

For that reason alone, the Pentagon could hardly accept it. The US-Japan alliance was on the brink of degeneration into grand-scale theatre of the absurd. To Okinawans, that sounded remarkably similar to the LDP position. Responses to these ideas were almost all negative. In April, Tokuno was the scene of the largest gathering of people in its history.


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Three in five of its inhabitants gathered to send Tokyo a message of defiance and resistance to any base transfer plan. The Governor, all 41 town and city mayors or their representatives, members of the Provincial Assembly, Okinawan representatives of all political parties from Communist to Liberal-Democratic, and Okinawan citizens presented a united front of opposition to any new base construction and demanded the unconditional closure and return of Futenma.

It was the largest demonstration, and indeed the largest gathering of people, in Okinawan history.

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Two days before the Okinawa mass meeting, Hatoyama in Washington tried to seize the opportunity of being seated near President Obama at dinner during the nuclear summit to tell the President that the May deadline would be met. Within days, Tokyo raised the white flag. This was essentially a regurgitation of an option considered between and but then rejected because of the technical difficulties it entailed. Then, weeks later, Hatoyama dropped his last shred of resistance and accepted the Henoko Oura Bay landfill design. From Okinawa, the responses ranged from disbelief to incredulity and fury.

Confronting the US ultimatum and the Obama cold shoulder, Hatoyama seems to have felt he had no alternative. If either he or the US government were to take seriously the condition that bases not be built where they are not wanted by the host community, none of the options he considered would get to first base. His government can only proceed now if it is ready to adopt the kind of coercive, forceful measures at which Koizumi balked to crush a prefecture-wide sentiment and a deep-rooted popular movement. The environmental aspect of the Guam and Henoko projects receives little media attention on either side of the Pacific but surely deserves it.

The Pentagon has eyed it as a site for comprehensive militarization since at least In these waters, the internationally protected dugong graze on sea grasses, turtles come to rest and lay their eggs, and multiple rare birds, insects, and animals thrive. A World Wildlife Fund study found an astonishing 36 new species of crabs and shrimps in Oura bay. Major global media, even in the year of Copenhagen and in the context of an awakening sense of the urgency of protecting species and nature and bringing an ecological conscience to bear on global problems, pays little attention to the environmental aspect of the Henoko project.

It is true that an environmental impact study was conducted, as required by Japanese law, but it was conducted by the Okinawa Defense Bureau, not by an independent body, and the ODB seems to have undertaken a perfunctory investigation, avoiding large questions and taking it as given that the national government wanted a positive outcome. The best scientific and legal opinion is that the Henoko Environmental Impact Assessment probably breached Japanese law and almost certainly lacked scientific credibility by international standards.

Both tried to shield their submission by seeking a slight revision of the Guam Agreement — to shift the construction design a short distance or, in the case of Shimabukuro, hundreds of metres offshore — as if a reversion to the basic scheme of eventually cancelled by Prime Minister Koizumi would somehow solve the problem. No such equivocation was evident in the judicial proceedings launched on behalf of the dugong in San Francisco. A judge hearing a suit against the Pentagon on behalf of the Okinawan dugong and their marine habitat on 24 January issued a ruling that the U.

The environmental survey also neglected to consider the matter of landfill. According to the January plan, a total of 21 million cubic metres of landfill would be required, of which initially 17 million would be sea sand. That would mean a staggering 3. Setting aside the diplomatic, political, and military considerations, on ecological grounds alone the idea that a huge new military installation should be constructed at Nago is implausible.

Yet neither government and only a tiny sector of national or global media is willing to face this fact. The conclusion seems obvious: Futenma should be closed, not replaced. The degree to which allied countries share criminal responsibility has been the subject of major public review in Holland which found that the Iraq War was indeed illegal and aggressive and in the UK where the Chilcot Inquiry continues. In Japan, the Nagoya High Court in found that the Koizumi and Abe governments had acted in breach of the constitution in consenting to US demands to "show the flag" and put Japanese "boots on the ground" in Iraq, and that therefore the Japanese troop presence in Iraq was both unconstitutional and illegal.

In response, the Prime Minister, Chief Cabinet Secretary, Minister of Defense, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Self Defense Forces all dismissed the judgement, saying with varying measures of scorn that it would have no effect whatever on troop deployment. In Japan, as in Holland and the UK, questions of responsibility have sooner or later to be asked. Transcending conventional political divisions, the polls say the Okinawan struggle is now supported by 90 per cent of its people. Okinawan sentiments are especially aroused as the contest over the base issue coincided with revelations of lies and deception practised by LDP governments over the past half-century, and with exposure of the readiness of successive Japanese LDP governments to pay almost any price to retain US forces in Okinawa.

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The reason it had taken 13 years to determine the Guam Treaty formula for Futenma replacement had nothing to do with inherent complexity or difficulty of construction and everything to with the fierce, uncompromising, non-violent and popularly-supported resistance to further base construction on Okinawa. Whether Hatoyama will be able to muster a greater resolve than his LDP predecessors seems doubtful, meaning that the fifteen year struggle to block construction of a new base at Henoko will continue.

In Washington, managers of the alliance could feel satisfied that their uncompromising stance had forced the Prime Minister of Japan to surrender. They could also note with pleasure that Tokyo was increasingly committed to the principle of military facilities being shared between US and Japanese forces.

The alliance in its first fifty years was characterized by subterfuge and by the persistent abuse of Okinawa. Bush administration and its LDP partners in successive Tokyo governments? If it is to do so, also it will have to face up to the secret diplomacy, lies, deception and manipulation of the last 50 years, and reflect upon, apologize, and offer redress for the wrongs that have for so long been visited upon the people of Okinawa as a result.

It is surely time to extend to the Japanese and Okinawan people the constitutional guarantees of pacifism, human rights, and local autonomy guaranteed by its constitution. Instead, at the end of May and in the teeth of unprecedented American intimidation, Hatoyama vacillated and retreated, and the deeply rooted structures of dependency pushed Japan on the 50 th towards a deepening and widening of clientelism and outright clash with Okinawa.

See part one here and part two here. He is an emeritus professor of Australian National University. In the Northern Districts including Nago Ciy opposition was even higher, at 76 per cent. A resolution to the same effect had been passed by a majority in July The current agreement should not be accepted. Amaki, formerly Japanese ambassador to Lebanon, was dismissed in for opposing the US launch of war against Iraq.

The first American invasion of Iejima occurred on April 16 th , In the following five days of bloodshed, two thousand Imperial Army soldiers were killed, together with fifteen hundred civilians. As was the case throughout much of Okinawa, not all of these civilians were killed by the Americans. Clothes of an infant bayoneted by Japanese forces on Iejima, April 16, In Yunapachiku, Ahashagama and other caves across Iejima, Imperial Army soldiers gathered together families and assigned each of them a hand grenade.

Although U. The second U. It has barely been noted by American historians, but the inhabitants of Iejima are still suffering from its repercussions today. On March 11 th , , with Okinawa a military colony of the United States, landing craft came ashore once again on the eastern beaches. Their mission: to expropriate two-thirds of the island in order to construct an air-to-surface bombing range.

In July , the military had sent a team to the island on the pretense of conducting a land survey. The Americans told them these were receipts for payment for their assistance but, in fact, the islanders would later learn that they had stamped their own voluntary evacuation papers. After discovering the deception, a handful of residents, fearful of antagonizing their new master, agreed to move. Witnessing this, the Americans assumed further land seizures would proceed just as smoothly.

Initially, on the first day of the March invasion, the Americans made quick progress across the south of the island. Dragging families from their houses, they burned the buildings and bulldozed the smoldering ruins. Those who protested were arrested, then sent to the regional capital, Naha, for prosecution. When one family pled that their home be spared because their six-year old daughter was seriously-ill in bed, soldiers carried the terrified child from the house and dumped her outside the doors of the island clinic.

The museum consists of a pair of ramshackle buildings located close to the shore where the Americans landed in Now the beach is home to a Japanese resort, and as we speak, our conversation is punctuated by the shouts of Tokyo holidaymakers, the slap and drone of jet skis. Some of the pictures are blurred as though the camera is trying to focus on where the houses once were. He went on to organize the islanders in their struggle against the bombing range. People call him the Gandhi of Okinawa.

Jahana points to a large color photograph on the wall. A sun-wrinkled man smiles serenely from beneath the brim of a straw hat. Think of a slimmer Cesar Chavez with thickly-hooded eyes that glimmer with intelligent compassion.

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Ahagon was 52 years old when the Americans came ashore for the second time. Upon returning a virtual pauper, Ahagon worked hard to buy some farmland on Iejima. In the years prior to the war, he launched a temperance campaign on the island, while entertaining his neighbors with home-made kami-shibai performances. He was years old. When she sees that Jahana is busy talking to me, she bows and sets the bag carefully on the side of her desk. Jahana lifts the plastic bag from the desk, but when she passes it to her assistant, its sides split open.

A dozen rusty bullets clatter to the floor. I jump but neither woman bats an eyelid as they bend and scoop them back up. The assistant walks me from the reception to the exhibition hall at the rear of the property.

American parachutes hang next to musty protest banners. Old newspaper articles line the walls alongside dozens of photographs taken by the farmers to record their struggle. The assistant kneels down and adds the bullets to the heap. Her action wakes a small white gecko and it scuttles across the deadly pile, finding shelter in a half-blown mortar round. The explosions went on day and night. Those shells are just a selection of the things they fired. Farmers still come across them now and bring them here for our collection. When I ask her what happened to the displaced villagers, she points to a photo of a row of tents.

Along with the poor-quality building supplies, the American Army offered the farmers financial compensation. Realizing that acceptance of the money would be interpreted as assent to the seizure of their land, they refused. The farmers maintained that the actions of the American military were illegal, and they insisted upon the right to continue farming their original fields rather than the barren ones upon which the Americans had forced them to establish camp.

Throughout May, , the farmers crossed onto the Air Force range and tilled their land. Ignoring the large flags which they raised to alert the Americans of their presence, the military continued its practice bombings. As the shells fell around them, the farmers tended their crops—compelled by a fierce sense of injustice coupled with a pressing need to feed themselves and their families. The Iejima islanders continued to work on their fields until June 13 th. On this day, soldiers arrested eighty farmers and confiscated their tools. Military courts summarily sentenced thirty-two of the men to punishments ranging from three months in prison to year-long suspended sentences.

With no other means to support themselves, Ahagon and the villagers decided to throw themselves on the mercy of their fellow Okinawans. She shows me a letter they wrote to explain their actions. Begging is shameful, to be sure, but taking land by military force and causing us to beg is especially shameful. On July 21 st , the villagers boarded a ferry to Okinawa hontou. In every town they passed, the villagers met with local people and told them of their struggle. Throughout their walk, they were greeted with warm welcomes and sympathy.

Even the poorest villages gave them food and shelter for the night. The assistant shows me the photos the farmers exchanged as thanks to the people who supported them. The men stare proudly at the camera - their trousers are patched and threadbare, but their shirts are starched clean white. The women try to hold their smiles while stopping the children from squirming from their knees.

The reception of the authorities stood in stark contrast to the hospitality encountered from ordinary people. When the islanders confronted the U. High Commission, General James Moore played the Red card, proclaiming that the farmers were uneducated dupes who were being manipulated by communist agitators. After seven months on the road, the March of Beggars returned home to Iejima in February, Bombings and jet plane strafings went on day and night, wearing down frayed nerves and making rest impossible. Students, homemakers and businessmen sent care packages to Iejima.

They flooded the islanders with powdered milk and sugar, rice and canned fish, notebooks, textbooks and pens. The boxes are on display at the museum. No matter how small the parcel, each one was rewarded with a handwritten banner of appreciation and a photograph from the islanders. Upon receiving a huge package from far-off Hokkaido, the entire village gathered to witness the opening of the thirty-one crates.

As the mayor distributed the shoes and clothes contained in the boxes, even the sick and elderly got out of bed to shed their worn-out clothes and try on the gifts from the snowbound northern island. These packages, though substantial, were hardly enough to sustain the villagers. As the s progressed, with no financial aid from the government or the military, many of the islanders were desperate.

Where once they harvested tobacco and sweet potatoes, now they scavenged the fringes of the bombing range for scraps of military metal. They collected chunks of shrapnel and bullet casings, and sold them to traders for a pittance. In this manner, they taught themselves to become bomb disposal technicians. But for these men - like their professional counterparts - sometimes their luck ran out. Between and , a dozen islanders were killed or wounded while collecting or dismantling American ordinance.

Among them were three teenagers who were hit by shells from a fighter plane, and twenty-year old Ryofuku Heianzan, struck by an overshot bomb while cutting grass outside the range. Photos on the walls show these farmers with their arms torn off and their faces sheered away—combat pictures from an island purportedly at peace.

He hid it in his shed while the Americans searched high and low. The Japanese government prohibits nuclear weapons in its waters, and it was only when the device started to leak in , that a nervous Pentagon confessed to Tokyo about the missing bomb. The assistant must have noticed the panic on my face. Nearby a cicada ticks Geiger-like. I take two steps back and she laughs.

Back in the reception area, Jahana tells me of the successes achieved by Ahagon and the farmers. In , the American military attempted to station two surface-to-air missile batteries on Iejima, but after a concerted campaign by the islanders, they were forced to withdraw them after only three days. Demonstrations such as these, combined with a concerted publicity campaign including three books and a documentary , would force the military to stop the bombings and close down the range. Many of the farmers were able to recover the fields that were stolen in Jahana takes a map of Iejima from her desk drawer.

The western portion is marked off by a red dotted line. The Marines have a training area where they still conduct parachute drops. A few years ago, some of their jumpers went astray and landed in a tobacco field. They wondered why the farmer was so angry.

She smiles wryly. They might become human one day. All they need is to be shown the error of their ways. Jon Mitchell is a Welsh-born writer based in Yokohama. He has covered Okinawan social issues for both the Japanese and international press - a selection of which can be accessed at jonmitchellinjapan. Jon currently teaches at Tokyo Institute of Technology. See the accompanying article by Ahagon Shoko and C. In East Asia, one only needs to look at the sore points of Korean-Japanese relations—contested sovereignty over the Dokdo islands, textbook treatments, questions of official visits to the Yasukuni shrine—to realize the centrality of memory in articulating deeply divergent national narratives.

As servants of collective memory and as guardians of the dead, shrines have served as one focal point for this emerging terrain of historical enquiry. However shrines, and in particular East Asian shrines, often have an early modern genealogy that distinguishes this kind of memorial from other commemorative platforms.

In the imperial Chinese and early modern Korean Confucian traditions, for instance, shrines have long served as venues for state-building and postwar commemoration and reconciliation. This paper proposes that by analyzing the transformation of shrines into national monuments in the twentieth century, we can begin to dissect the claims of historicity and authenticity that have made shrines such effective agents within the cultural politics of remembrance.

Yet the sixteenth century admiral that we know is very much a product of the twentieth century, revealing how the politics of remembrance remains thoroughly embedded in the concerns of the present. To wit, not only did the physical transformation of the shrine and its environs—from a rural hamlet to a shrine encased in concrete and disciplined landscaping—present a microcosm of a shining Korean future, but the equating of economic development with martial struggle repositioned Yi Sunsin as the patron saint of Korean modernization.

Third, by situating the shrine as the platform for new national ceremonies, Park re-interpreted shrine commemorative practice as mass spectacle. As my study focuses primarily on the years after the normalization of Japanese-Korean relations, it finds that the cultural production of Yi Sunsin repositioned the Admiral as a leading figure in multiple narratives. After a complete makeover, the unveiling of the new shrine was celebrated on the Birthday Commemoration of Yi Sunsin in Nestled by straw-thatched residences and farmland, it lacked the raised foundations, walls, signs and controlled access that later denoted the shrine as a site of extraordinary importance.

Was Park Chung Hee inspired by a model monument or museum? State memos are silent on sources of inspiration. From the onset, the purpose of this project was not to simply rebuild and preserve the remnants of the shrine, but to fashion an entirely different monument. The straw-thatched buildings, the crumbly dirt roads either disappeared or were remade into manicured versions of a commodified past, where paved stone slab roads led to the doors of traditional-looking buildings. One measure in transforming the shrine into a national monument entailed rendering fallow the surrounding farmlands that were being incorporated into the larger shrine complex.

In Marxist scholarship on labor, some scholars have argued for a correlation between the selective display of non-productivity and a corresponding rise in status. Photographs in government publications also emphasized the rapid transformation of the shrine into a modern national site. The first picture shows a hamlet with straw roofs. The shrine itself is not easily visible. Taken almost a decade later, the second picture reveals a landscape dominated by the shrine.

Private homes are no longer visible in the line of sight. A guard was stationed at the front gate and all visitors were to be recorded and monitored. During events such as the Birthday Commemoration, the shrine staff were to triple the number of guards at the front gate. Such changes limiting the free mobility of visitors brought the shrine fully under state surveillance. After all, how were visitors to know how to behave in the first national shrine? For foreign guests, translated brochures would secure their proper reverence and conduct. Entry fees would be used towards landscaping and other ancillary costs.

If the fees were properly collected, the shrine stood to make a sizeable annual sum. So while the ritual landscape in the s was not completely empty of historical traces, the rupture in ritual practice gave Park Chung Hee an opportunity to revolutionize and centralize the commemoration of Yi Sunsin. My use of the term spectacle stresses its ability to encourage critical disengagement and manufacture solidarity on the part of spectators and participants alike.

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Giroux has described in his recent work, different periods produce spectacles specific to their historical context. Such ritualistic glorification of heroes downplays dissent and masks the compulsion and violence that is central to sovereignty. However, I would also suggest the manufacture of spectacle produces ahistorical objects of veneration that become increasingly invulnerable to dissent. The twentieth century equation of Yi Sunsin and martial patriotism not only distanced the Admiral from his historical self, but also inspired militaristic displays of fervor in honor of the hero.

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It was, of course, not only student patriots who honored Yi Sunsin. These ceremonies grew, becoming orchestrated national celebrations of enormous proportions. I would like to stress strongly that the way to respect and adore Admiral Yi from the bottom of our hearts does not consist in simply constructing a shrine, but in reaffirming and intensifying our determination and efforts to face and overcome the trouble-ridden reality of our fatherland, faithfully following the precious teachings he left behind.

According to Park, the emulation of the sixteenth century Admiral called upon citizens to work towards national purposes in the twentieth century. For Park, the sixteenth and the twentieth centuries were linked as times of parallel crises. This is indeed a joy as well as a sacred duty and mission imposed upon us… Within this argument, the veneration of Yi Sunsin was congruent with a shared sacred mission of postcolonial development, making the Admiral the patron saint of patriotic modernization. Commemorations usually began in the late morning, after 10am when all the invited students, local citizens, foreign guests and dignitaries were seated, forming a large group of spectators.

Similar to Confucian rituals of ancestral remembrance, there would be ceremonial bowing in front of the spirit altar under a large portrait of the Admiral as well as the burning of incense. Demonstrations of archery, tours of the shrine, music concerts, history lectures, and the singing of a paean to Yi Sunsin were part of the event. Cocktail parties and fireworks ended the evening, and the President returned to the capital the following day.

First, the Birthday Commemoration of Yi Sunsin would be declared a national event kukka haengsa. Second, the order of the events needed to be revised. The elevation of the ceremony to a national event was not as simple as it first seemed. In his work on pageantry and power in Meiji Japan, Takashi Fujitani argues that participation of spectators had important consequences. Spectators often conducted themselves as they would at local festivals, showing little awareness of how to properly conduct themselves as modern citizens at national ceremonies.

A second round of changes in ceremony and ritual took place in Still dissatisfied after the Birthday Commemoration, Park personally handwrote his complaint about the festivities. The changes in the ensuing round of reforms severed many of the local ties to the shrine and completed its transformation into a national monument. A new Committee on Ceremony and Ritual was formed in late and offered new recommendations in January It noted that while in the postwar period, remembrance of Yi Sunsin had been conducted principally in a Confucian manner, it would be elevated to a different ritual, a tarye.

Later photographs show a much more carefully staged affair, with the famously short president alone on an elevated stage, posing with a drawn bow for photographers and videographers. How are we to read these images? And why choose archery? Yi Sunsin was not especially famed as an archer; furthermore, while his writings as well as the hagiographic essays compiled after his death acknowledge his childhood propensity for military arts, ultimately they privilege his literary leanings.

It was he, who, when imprisoned grief-stricken due to wicked slanderings by treacherous retainers and subsequently reprimanded by the king, solemnly showed the sublimity of firm purpose and justice, and went to the front without official rank or title to save his fatherland from the invading enemy.

Only a real patriot who deeply loved his fatherland and fellow countrymen, purposely avoiding opportunities given to enjoy a high degree of political power and wealth would have done this. This was also an honor that only such a national hero could obtain through such patriotic deeds. The parallels between Yi Sunsin—a sixteenth century general poorly understood by his civilian contemporaries—and Park Chung Hee, a general who had overthrown a civilian government in the name of national salvation were not difficult to miss.

The fact that the Admiral may never have practiced at a practice field near his ancestral home ultimately does not undermine the power of this image—Park drawing a bow—nor does it limit the effectiveness of his mimicry. To paraphrase Peter Carrier, historical monuments are by nature, reflections of their time. A discrepancy exists between contemporary Korean and English terms for visiting a shrine. In other words, a person can signify varying intentions about their shrine visit through different modes of description a pilgrimage versus a visit.

At this point, one could suggest two different premises. The inability to express a journey to a shrine in non-sacred terms, one could argue, suggests that the integrity of shrines as sacred liminal spaces remained intact. But as a star attraction on the weekend itineraries of Seoul urbanites, the shrine also allowed for the commingling of nationalism and leisure.

Traveling yangban men would sometimes write letters or poems about a shrine they had visited. Due to the demographics of surviving source materials, determining the visibility of the shrine in the lives of common people remains a challenge. The place of shrines in Korean society changed drastically under Park Chung Hee.


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  • By , growing industrialization and burgeoning bourgeois wealth had given birth to middle class leisure. The geographical mobility of travelers was also no longer limited to family, hometown or professional demands; seeking unknown destinations, in ? And as such, it was a site that was clearly designed to be seen; its place of prominence on diplomatic tours, school field trips, state-sponsored travel and homeland tour itineraries was not an accident. As developing citizens, children constituted a desirable tourist demographic. A story from a traveling teacher also illustrates how children traveling to pay respect to Yi Sunsin could be read as model citizens.

    The girls, noting the sun streaming through the windows, decided to turn off the lights to conserve energy. They then politely offered to share their snack, some chestnuts, with the teacher. Afterwards, they meticulously packed their trash in little plastic bags. If such mundane visits caught the attention of the national press, it was often because of tragedy or controversy.

    A different kind of student came under closer scrutiny. While some of these students were from the United States, a large number were Korean kyopo or zainichi Koreans who lived in Japan. Sonia Ryang has written eloquently on the plight of Koreans in Japan. In the aftermath of the Korean War, the community split along ideological lines, rather than geographical divides. Hence a large number of self-identified North Koreans in Japan were actually from the South. As Cold War tensions rose, ideological battles between North and South Korea were waged on Japanese soil as well as in the peninsula proper.

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