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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on May 8th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Picture of the Day: Japanese Ancestors

This Japanese post card shows grandchildren and their families whose ancestors came to Korea as subordinates to a certain Japanese by the name of Kato Kiyomasa. The post card indicates that they lived and flourished in 'Kyongsang-pukto' (Kyongsang North Province). Those seated in the front are Japanese explorers. Inscription/Marks: Image imprinted wit. Postcard from 1904.

Via Cornell University Library.

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  • Tom
    12:30 pm on May 8th, 2012 1

    Kato Kiyomasa was a mortal enemy of Korea, during the Imjin War of 1590′s. I don’t know how these descendents of the invading Japanese army managed to survive after Japan was defeated. But it’s all history now, and nothing matters since all these people are now today’s Koreans. :lol:

  • John in LA
    1:10 pm on May 8th, 2012 2

    I remember reading about descendants of certain Japanese commander who disagreed with Japan invading Korean peninsula. Soon after landing in Korea at the start of the Imjin invasion, he actually defected along with men under him and joined the Korean side. DOn’t know how many but I do remember reading about his (or his and his men?) descendants living in Korea now.


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