On Friday, I had a meeting with my co-workers to discuss me staying to teach for another year, and as we were waiting for lunch to begin, my director and friend Rim, explained that the Cherry Blossom trees are a reminder of Korea's painful past. Korea was formerly a colony of Japan, and its colonial enterprises, imperial Japan often planted cherry trees as a means of "claiming occupied territory as Japanese space". To some Koreans the cherry blossom trees, though only in bloom for 2 weeks, are a not so happy reminder of the time when Japan ruled Korea. With that being said, it's still a celebratory time where friends and families enjoy taking in the beautiful blossoms.
|Cherry Blossoms as we were scooting through the park|
|Pohang Riders :)|
|Waygook crew for the day :) Kory, Megan, Jenn, Me, and Leigh|
|Open Road :) leigh's helmet in bottom left|