Monday, June 25, 2012

the real Yu Gi Oh

June 25 marks the anniversary of the start of the Korean War (June 25, 1950). It's a solemn day on the peninsula. Robert Koehler links to a piece about the beginning of the war here.

Trivia: the goofy Japanese manga/card game Yu Gi Oh is pronounced the same way that Koreans say the date of June 25th: "six-two-five" is "yugio" (yuk + ee + oh = 6 + 2 + 5).

The peninsula remains in a state of war: there is no peace treaty-- only an armistice that is violated regularly by the North, which fires shots randomly across the DMZ and perpetrates over 300 submarine incursions per year (almost one per day).


1 comment:

Elisson said...

I just finished reading a remarkable novel: The Orphan Master's Son, set in North Korea. It's a brilliant, scary, heart-wrenching piece of work - you might enjoy it.