Korean Independence Day [from Japanese rule] was last week, August 15th. It is also known as Gwangbokjeol (광복절) or “Restoration of Light” day. Any ways, the way in which it is celebrated by some Koreans has riled up some Japanese Netizens. Of particular discomfort was the Japanese soldier “execution” water fight.
(Images from Kyunghyang Shinmun via RocketNews24.com)
Some translated Japanese Netizen commentary:
“Hey, Members of the UN…are you going to stay silent on this?”
“And yet, if something like this happened in Japan, there would be a huge uproar.”
“I’m starting to think that Korea is a third world country.”
“What century are we in? Until when are they going to keep doing nonsense like that?”
“A country that is not that different from North Korea. Or rather…worse than…”
“Isn’t this on par with hate speech?”
“Members of the UN…isn’t this sort of imprinting a really bad idea on children?”
Okay, so I don’t exactly think that the water fight, mock “execution,” is in the best taste, but asking the U.N. to look into this? As horrible it is for kids to shoot water at imaginary Japanese imperialist troops, I somehow think the U.N. has bigger fish to fry.