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Aerial View of the Japanese Archipelago and the Korean Peninsulan


The Japanese archipelago and the Korean peninsula are extremely close, separated by a narrow stretch of water. Since ancient times these two regions have formed a variety of links. Some of these links created incidents and events that have carved out a place for themselves in history. Several lines have been drawn according to the times and positions, and these have been classified in various ways. While the boundaries of these lines have sometimes been clearly drawn there have been other times when they have been blurred. These lines have been drawn not simply on the basis of national and political spheres, for they have been drawn according to a number of perspectives that include economic networks and cultural affinities, and different lines with different hues have been drawn even in the same period. Even two thousand years ago and one thousand years ago there would have been the same blue sea and green land mass as shown in the photograph. Let us examine the various relationships between Japan and Korea against the wider context of East Asia as illustrated in this map, that is, without the imposition of lines or preconceptions.
Image processing: Research & Information Center, Tokai University Data: NASA GDAAC/ MODIS Support Team EROS DATA CENTER

Yoshifumi Ueno
(Museum Research Department)


Special Feature:Mutual Recognition between Japan and Korea

* The Japanese Archipelago and the Korean Peninsula are close and have had relations since ancient times (Yoshifumi Ueno)

A Witness to History

A photographic introduction to items from the collection
The splendor of East Asia - in conjunction with the Special Exhibition "Sea Routes of East Asia During the Middle Ages - Maritime Commerce, Ports and Sunken Ships"
(Yoshifumi Ueno)

Special Feature:Mutual Recognition between Japan and Korea

Perspectives on circular tombs with a rectangular frontage in the basin of the Yeongsan River (Hideo Yoshii)
Japanese and Korean understanding regarding wako pirates (Shuichi Seki)
On the debate on the invalidity of the Convention (Souji Takasaki)
The conflict between opposition and cooperation (Park Sub)


The Imjin Waeran Invasions and friendly diplomatic relations between neighboring countries (Hiroshi Kurushima)
The "Winter Sonata" boom and how it is perceived in Korea (Yasunari Muroi)

The 21st Rekihaku Research Update

Towards growth in folk studies in East Asia - Academic exchanges with the National Folk Museum of Korea (Kazuo Ueno)

Introducing Our Researchers - Part 17

The rewards of 'sake' (Takahiro Aoki)

Book Review

"Compulsory Military Service in Modern Japan and Society" by Toshiya Ichinose
Reviewed by Kentaro Kitadomari

Book Introductions by the Author

Rekihaku Forum "The Tombs of Kings and the People who Served Them"
edited by the National Museum of Japanese History
"Messages from History Exhibitions" - Rekihaku International Symposium "History and Representation in Museum Exhibition-Ethnicity, War and Education"
edited by the National Museum of Japanese History

Exhibition Review

Special Exhibition
"The Meiji Restoration and Hirata Kokugaku" - An exhibition that as a whole was strongly conscious of historians
(Shunsuke Takagi)

Rekihaku Chat (readers' page) March 20, 2005

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