Portrayal of Japanese in Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko”, Part 2

As I previously wrote  , I have a problem with the way the book portrays Japanese.
Again, I am certain Koreans were discriminated, and maybe even up to this day, but still the book reads like political propaganda.

What bothers me even more is in-accuracies:

  1. Noa managed to run away, get married and have 4 children with a fake name.   This is impossible in Japan (or any other country).  Japanese registration goes by Koseki (戸籍) , a family registration. One cannot break or fake one.
  2. Foreign registration.   I also had to go through foreign registration until I could get permanent residence.
    Normal and non-discriminating.  Koreans had the choice of becoming Japanese, but the characters in the book chose not to do that. Either one is Korean (with Korean passport) or Japanese.   No way in between and again, not discriminating.

Will finish reading this book, but can’t recommend it.

Portrayal of Japanese in Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko”

Maybe too early to write this, as I am only halfway through the book.

But until now I could not find even one positive Japanese character. All characters are either bad, neutral or greedy, exploiting the Korean workers.

In Japan times Article , it is mentioned:

Lee never casts Japanese as villains. There is no resentment, only fraught, complex interaction. Lee thinks it unfair to blame modern Japan for the past — but what might the future hold for Koreans and Japanese?

Which I find to be wrong.

I almost regret buying and reading this book, but feel obliged to read to the end.

I do not say that Korean did not suffer from Japanese occupation, discrimination and exploitation, but it feels almost a political book that cannot find “good” or “kind ” Japanese.

Can I get my money back ?

Tokyo Big Sight

Tokyo big sight always looks to me like a pilgrimage place in the morning. People flocking in, the design of the building.

 

Tokyo Big Sight

 

“Israel says”

Not stating any political opinion, but find it odd the way news sites reports about Israel.

CNN has world news:

“Iran’s economy dealt massive blow by trump”

“Rockets fired at Israel from Syria, Israel Says”

The “Israel Says” part is surprising. Wasn’t this verified with independent resources? Has Israel ever lied or fabricated such news ?

Just another reminder that news and history are subjective.

 

Radiohead Lift cover – Kettles

Found the Kettles through their “Heart of Glass” Cover and found an interesting band of two members, Drums and Guitar.

Love their most recent cover, “Lift” by Radiohead.  Actually, “Cover” is a not the fitting word here as the music is copied, but the lyrics are different.

When Radiohead Lyrics are about being in a safe place, isolated when it is time to come home, Kettles Lyrics are about a new start. Similar in a way, but different.

(Translation below is not complete)

 

もう走れない靴で歩いてた

I walked in shoes that cannot run

ずっと曇ってる空が続いてる

Cloudy days continue

 

ついにさよならを告げる時が来た

何もかも捨ててしまえば

朝は来る

Time to say goodbye, throw away
Morning is coming

もう二度と嘘はつかずに生きていたい

そっと休めてた羽を広げて

この空を飛び回ろう

Want to live a life without lies, spread my wings and fly

朝を迎えて そして

新しい日々が始まる

振り向かずに

Facing a new morning, new days are coming.

Not looking back