[Essay in My Heart] Horse Meat and Sumo - [私の心のエッセイ] 馬肉と相撲


[Essay in My Heart]

Horse and Sumo

This is the story of my father when he was studying in Japan. I would like to introduce two of them that still remain in my memory. From the mid-1930s to the early 1940s, my father, who studied abroad during the Japanese occupation, seems to have been very good at sports.

My father has a large physique and is naturally athletic, so he seems to have enjoyed various sports as a representative of the school. At least I remember seeing a lot of pictures of soccer, swimming, horseback riding, and volleyball games when I was a kid. It is still a question for me how he managed to do some advanced sports like swimming and horseback riding. 

Militarism In Japan, according to the ideology of imperialism, active-duty soldiers wearing swords (length swords) and gaiters are placed at each physical education school, and many canters, etc. are given in the military-style, so students arriving late on a first-come-first-served basis were very strictly punished, such as running more again. It is said that the students were harassed. Fortunately, my father is too quick to get to the top of the minute, but Japanese classmates in the same class were gently different and complained to my father. In other words, they asked my father not to run too fast in order to catch up with the given time properly so that they are not punished because of their poor performances.

And the bribe was to bring "horse meat lunch" to my father. When food is scarce, my father often eats horse meat that comes in as a bribe (?). Of course, in Korea, we do not eat horse meat, but Japanese people eat horse meat.

The second story is that of sumo (traditional Japanese wrestling). During the physical education class, he often plays sumo on the sand. At that time, the representative of the students of Joseon was always my father.  In many places, he had a cheerful personality and was generous. My father used to attack Japanese students with the weight of a huge physique and attack them violently and very indiscriminately and legally (?) to relieve the resentment of the people who lost their country. 

The Koreans were forced to change their names to Japanese style, and while my father was studying in Japan in an enemy, he was also forced to change his name, He experienced a lot of wandering and frustration that is difficult to express in words at a young age with no way to express the national resentment that lost his country. My heart is broken to think of that situation.

Even in the midst of war and chaos, my father is a rare person who records the events very well. He has kept many photos well.  I hope I can get a chance to carefully summarize the many stories told me with those records and photos again, connecting all the missing dots.

July 29, 2011

Sumo (sumo)


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At Sung-Seon-Jae(崇善齋)




父の日本留時代の話である。その中はまだ私の記憶にっている二つを紹介したい。 1930年代半ばから1940年代初頭の日帝時代に留をされたお父は、運動を非常によくされたの形である。










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