Thank You For Killing that Japanese Overlord

ROK Drop carries this photo , with some action in the comments section, from the Korea Times:

Independence activist Ahn Jung-geun remembered: Officials from the Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs and citizens take part in a hand printing ceremony Wednesday, at the Yeouido Park in Seoul, to mark Ahn Jung-geun (1879-1910)’s 1909 assassination of Hirobumi Ito, a former prime minister of Japan, in Harbin, China. Ahn held Ito responsible for the annexation of Korea by Japan in 1910. -- caption and photo by Korea Times
Independence activist Ahn Jung-geun (安重根) remembered: Officials from the Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs and citizens take part in a hand printing ceremony Wednesday, at the Yeouido Park in Seoul, to mark Ahn Jung-geun (1879-1910)’s 1909 assassination of Hirobumi Ito, a former prime minister of Japan, in Harbin, China. Ahn held Ito responsible for the annexation of Korea by Japan in 1910. -- caption and photo by Korea Times"

I should add that Ahn’s fame and memorabilia extends into the Korean communities in Yanbian and Heilongjiang province — he is a hero all around.  The cleavages of the Cold War have set Koreans asunder — North, South, Japanese diaspora, Chinese diaspora, North American diaspora, and global diaspora — but there are some things everyone still seems to agree on.  The Korea Times, preparing for the 90th anniversary of the shooting, gives a deposition here on “Ito’s 15 crimes.”

Ito Hirobumi, by the way, was an architect of the Japanese constitution who stopped in Seattle in, I believe, 1901 and left some tender and gorgeous calligraphy behind which was recently restored for a Japanese-language school in the Puget Sound.  Overlapping narratives, anyone?

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