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Friday, 9 February 2018

Opening ceremony of the XXIII Winter Olympics. Pyeongchang, South Korea: Imagine! Korean Culture

Fabulous ceremony - flawless design and choreography; no mistakes.

When I went to South Korea in the 1990's, I was fascinated by the ancient Korean printing tradition, and by the colourful pojagi (bojagi) patchwork wrapping cloths. See also:

Rapt in Colour: Korean Textiles and Costumes of the Choson Dynasty

An article by Christina Sumner, from page 17 (pdf)

On Korean Printing:

Code of Practice 

In Korea's oldest books

Few misprints are ever found:

No errors were permitted.

Punishment was most severe,

According to the Code -

Thirty strokes of the cane

For a single mistake -

For everyone concerned,

From senior supervisor to the lowest apprentice.

Thirty strokes. Imprinted pain.

For five mistakes, dismissal.

I was taken to see the Civilian Control line of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). There is speculation that the Winter Olympics could mark the beginning of the thaw.

Olympics Open With Koreas Marching Together, Offering Hope for Peace, New York Times

John Lennon does it again...

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