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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
Suitcase
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

Korean Tigers Taken to Japan

There was a time when hunting tigers was considered an act of military bravery in Japan, epitomized by the famous story of Katō Kiyomasa’s “conquering of the tiger.”

One hundred years ago, Isabella Bird travelled to Korea and wrote in her book, “The Korean hunts the tiger one half of the year, and the tiger hunts the Korean the other half” (Korea and Her Neighbours).

Tigers were familiar to all Koreans. This statement must be made in the past tense because the “Korean tiger” is mostly extinct today.

One factor that accelerated the extinction process was the colonial pastime of “tiger hunting.” Records abound of how “tiger hunting” tours were organized by Japanese colonists, with lavish tiger meat tasting parties held throughout the peninsula.

The tiger on display was captured and killed around 1940 in the northernmost region of Korea and put on display in Kyoto’s Ōtani High School. In 2005, designated the “Year of Japanese-South Korean Friendship,” the stuffed tiger was donated to our museum through the efforts of In-gil Kim of Kyoto.