Exhibits Exhibit descriptions < Suitcase
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


The owner of this classic and slightly worn-out suitcase arrived in Japan amidst the Korean War. The immediate reason behind his arrival in Japan was to avoid conscription, but the real reason was to reunite with his family. After liberation, the owner and his mother returned to Korea while his father and older brother remained in Japan. Then the Korean War broke out, tearing the family apart. After convincing his mother, the owner crossed the sea carrying just this one suitcase to search for his father and older brother. Risking his life, he smuggled himself into Japan.

This suitcase witnessed the owner’s entire voyage to reunite his family. It makes one think of the tragedy of a family divided after liberation; and of the life history of the owner, who was eventually able to reunite with his family despite great adversity. This suitcase is a valuable artifact that narrates the history of Zainichi Koreans.