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A study on Matumoto-Seicho -Focusing on his Korean related works-

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2018, (79), pp.227-242
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..79.201811.227
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : September 30, 2018
  • Accepted : November 9, 2018
  • Published : November 30, 2018

KI RYOUN HAN 1

1강릉원주대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This thesis deals with the historical events related to the Japanese invasion of the Chosun Dynasty, which are discussed in Matsumoto-Seicho‘s four writings dealing with Korea, except 「The Dark mist of Japan - Intrigue of the Chosun War」. This thesis also deals with Seicho’s opinions and evaluations of the historical figures related to the events. In 「Residents - General」 and 「The poet of the North」, most of the events and the characters correspond to actual historical realities.. Unlike the Japanese Government, which regarded Emperor Kojong as an incompetent ruler, Seicho evaluated Emperor Kojong positively, as seen from the historical facts and logic in the stories. . His writings on Korea reveal that Seicho worked diligently to research data before writing a story . Finally, Seicho explicitly described in his writings that the policies implemented during the Japanese colonial period were unfair and harsh toward Korean people. Furthermore, he concluded that Japan had tortured Korean independence activists cruelly. Considering this, he recognized Japan’s oppressive acts as facts.

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