As is the case with most of neighboring countries, Korea and Japan have not been keeping good relationship with each other ever since. Korea has been troubled with Japan's invasion for hundreds of years and the last one, 1910 ~ 1945 of colonial period is still vivid in the memory of those who have been through.
As time goes by old men passed away and the hatred to the neighbor seems alleviated and the relationship between two countries look like those with any other two countries. History warns us how the politicians have tricked people to ask sacrifice to utilize people for their own purpose at will and people knew it well but when it comes to hatred, the strongest feeling of human together with fear, got holds of the peoples mind, they stop thinking only to follow greedy politicians words. How easily they become politician's slave and marionettes and eventually prey!
They do know how to move people using the feeling of fear and hatred. I believe modern citizens are well educated than before but those stupidity repeats itself on and on without failure.
Japanese politicians made it difficult to export couple of crucial semiconductor chemicals to Korea and anti-Japan moods in Korea is prevailing. Buying Japanese goods and trip to Japan is regarded as traitor's behavior and that gave us a headache to our family who reserved trip to Japan months ago. I had to think it over and over again and had talk with my wife whether we should go on the trip or not. In the end, as you can see, we made it to Japan. I thought reservation is a promise. If I break the promise due to political reason, what is the difference between me and those dirty politicians? Instead we did little shopping and had meals with very humble foods.
I have Japanese friends and have been there lots of times to learn their culture and I don't hate them at all - even I used to take it for granted that I have to hate Japanese as a Korean before my first visit to Japan, 1997 - but as long as Japanese government hold those trade restriction I don't think I can buy Japanese goods as I used to.
I do hope people to wake up to realize what they are doing now. I don't ask people to love each other but I'm asking them to respect each other.
* A caption on the picture above : I think there's something wrong with the blog. A caption of the other picture in the wrong place. I tried to correct it several time but in vain. It was taken in Aoiike. Nothing to do with flowers or bees.