Cycle 4 – Item 222
15 (Thu) August 2013
Shrimp & Egg Curry
-Yongsan, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with W and DJ
I’d suggested Japanese for dinner, but W adamantly refused when I explained why. August 15 is Independence Day, commemorating the end of WWII and, more importantly, Japan’s 35-year colonial occupation of Korea. As such, I thought that eating Japanese food on the day would represent empowerment, a show of how far Korea has grown since liberation. W, however, seemed to find the idea offensive, even though she hadn’t been consciously aware of the day until I began talking about it.
While August 15 is a national holiday, it’s not actively celebrated, like the Fourth of July in the States. People just look at it as a day off, good for one final summer outing before the weather turns cold.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)