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Exhibit descriptions
The Nature of Japan’s Colonial Aggression as Reflected in Bank Notes
A Grandmother’s Handmade Mumyeongbe (Cotton Yarn)
Yogan: A Living Necessity
Memories: Sokbaji (Inner Trousers for the Hanbok)
Kyōwakai Membership Card
Report Card with Korean Name Erased
Tokyo Bombing Victim Certificate
Handmade Taegukgi(The Flag of Korea)
Korean Registration Certificate Issued by Osaka Prefecture
Discrimination and Antiforeignism in a Crime Prevention Poster
Kenkoku Gakkō of 60 Years Ago
The Hanshin Education Struggle
Zainichi Koreans and the Pachinko Industry
Bataya Slum Areas in the 1960s
Mun-sun Kim’s Petition Written in Blood
List of Brown Atoll “Honorable Suicides” & Free Korean Press
Towel Used in a Prison for War Criminals
List of Members in the Association for Zainichi Korean Disabled Veterans of the Former Japanese Imperial Army
Choi Seung-hee and Sohn Kee-chung
Propaganda film You and Me
The Joy-Bearing Kkot-Kama (Traditional Korean Marriage Bridal Sedan Chair)
Korean Tigers Taken to Japan

Memories: Sokbaji (Inner Trousers for the Hanbok)

These inner trousers that were worn under the hanbok (traditional Korean dress), called sokbaji, were carefully kept by Myong-un Jeong (79 years old in 2005). They have not discolored over the years, and the texture of the hemp has remained intact. Myong-un Jeong received the sokbaji along with a jeogori (the basic upper garment of hanbok) made of mumyeongbe as a trousseau from her mother when Myong-un Jeong came to Japan in the 1940s.

Considered a form of preparation before marriage, weaving techniques and knowledge were taught to daughters for generations, from grandmother to mother to grandchild. Jeong is an example of a woman who learned weaving from her mother when she was young. However, she says she was unable to reach her mother’s skill level. This handmade sokbaji was thus for her the “perfect cloth.”

After liberation, Jeong was unable to fulfill her dream of returning home and seeing her mother again. This sokbaji is tied inextricably to the memory of her beloved mother.