As Korea commemorated the 100th anniversary of March 1 Independence Movement #삼일절,
it brought back a flood of memories of those years for Mother.
Life in #NorthKorea
told by Mother.
She was born in HamKyeongNamdo #함경남도
during the Japanese occupation. Japan had waged an all-out war on Korean culture with Korean books burned, ppl forced to speak Japanese, and they even planted non-native trees to make the lands of Korea look unfamiliar. And why Mother's first language was Japanese & even her name was Japan. Yamakawa Masako.
She remembers her hometown near the ocean with memories of holding her dad's(my maternal Grandpa) hand walking along the shore & being able to walk so far into the water & it only went up to her waist. She had other family relatives living near, inc. Grandpa's older brother, a high ranking military officer, & his younger bro, who was a professional soccer player. (so I guess there were already pro soccer teams then?)
She went to school up' til 3rd grade in NK, with 3rd grade as Korean after Liberation Day 1945. Her Japan. teacher would tell her & students to bring any brass items they had at home to school. She later found out that Japanese were collecting the brass for their military to make weapons. Teachers also told students to collect apricot, peach, & plum seeds that were used to make medicinal remedies for wounded soldiers. This was something Mother & her friends did for fun.
After the Liberation 1945, in school the #Corean
students were taught chants to overthrow the leaders of SK & to protest against SK gov. I realized this period was when the #Koreanpeninsula
was being divided in two. NK promoting Kim Il Sung #김일성,
SK lead by Rhee SMan #이승만
& Kim Gu #김구 ...
#tobecontinued #lifeinkorea #koreanpeople #dprk #pyongyang #seoulcity #koreanhistory #pawsome #thoseweretheyears