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    Yonsei University campus

    Yonsei is known all over Korea for its beautiful campus and is the location of many famous movies, such as "My Sassy Girl". There is also a large outdoor amphitheater where concerts are held with all of the top singers in Korea.

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    Demilitarized Zone railroad

    One plan of unifying the two Koreas was to create a railroad which would run between the two countries, hopefully leading later on to better relations. Unfortunately, the railroad is finished to the point that was designated, but not connected as hoped to North Korea.

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    Chusak holiday traditional offerings

    During the Chusak Holiday (a time when traditional Koreans honor their ancestors), the women prepare a large feast of homemade food consisting of various fruits, cooked dishes, fish, and rice wine.

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    Yonsei University: Millennium Hall

    This is taken from the Millennium Hall on the Yonsei University campus where most of the classes for the exchange students attend further ahead on the right is the Korean Language Institute where the language classes are held and further beyond is the rest of the city outside the East Gate.

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    Land of the morning calm

    A good example why Korea can be referred to as the "Land of the Morning Calm". This picture was taken atop a mountain in the warm breeze of summer. Seoul, South Korea.

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    Korean soup

    In Korea there are several kinds of soups and many of them contain both cold or warm noodles with vegetables and different kind of spices. Note the metal spoon and chopsticks.

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    Korean masks

    This is a man selling Korean traditional masks that we used in the Korean traditional mask dance. Andong, South Korea.

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    Traditional Korean punishment

    This is a wooden cross where a person who was being punished was strapped down and hit repeatedly with a long, flat, wooden paddle. Usually the punishment was issued by an authoritative figure.

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    Gimbop preparation

    This everyday treat is a sheet of seaweed wrapped around rice, pieces of spam, egg, radish, and other various things as chosen by the eater.

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    Hindu temple

    A Hindu Temple located just outside of Chinatown, Singapore.

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    Singapore's Chinatown

    Chinatown with decorations for Chinese New Year which was 2005-02-09.

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    Seoul street advertising

    This particular bit of advertising was for a nightclub where several of the employees would dress up as a traditional Chinese dragon or dogs. They would run up to people on the street and dance for them.

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    Seafood market

    Primarily along the shores of Korea, there are rows upon rows of various stands selling all assortments of seafood. Each customer and can handpick which fish they want to take home to eat.

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    Korean food stand

    These kinds of food stands are located all over the streets of Seoul. They sell a variety of Korean food and are made on the spot. Unless you have adjusted to the food in Korea, wait a little before trying these items, but they are worth trying.

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    Singapore's Chinatown

    Chinatown in Singapore. This was taken a few days before the Chinese New Year in February.

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    Wet Market

    The Wet Market is like a Farmer's Market. There are fish and fresh produce. Located in Chinatown, Singapore.

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    Amida Buddha

    Painted ink on paper image of the Pure Land Buddha Amida. May also be a representation of Amitayus, "The Buddha of Long Life" based on the iconography of the 'long life' symbol on the deity's robe. Purchased in the early 1980's in Taiwan.

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    Hindu temple

    Looking inside the front door of the Hundu Temple.

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    Yixing teapot

    Partaially glazed earthenware teapot.

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    Distant view of Mt. Asama from Urawa stationq by Eisen Keisai

    Keisai Eisen was born in Edo, the son of a calligraphy artist. He was apprenticed to Kikugawa Eizan and studied traditional painting before becoming a printmaker. Throughout his career, Eisen’s work was productive and varied. Book illustrations and prints were his first commissioned works. Early on, he achieved lasting fame for his bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women), and both contributed to and edited the Ukiyo-e ruiko (History of Prints of the Floating World) one of the few surviving sources of information-rich material on printmaking art and artists in Japan. At times, he struck partnerships with other artists of his age, such as his collaboration with Hiroshige, which resulted in a series of landscape prints entitled The Sixty-nine Stations on the Kiso Highway. Eisen also released many surimono (privately issued prints), shunga (erotic prints), and some landscape pieces. In addition to his career as a printmaker, Eisen pursued other sources of income. A self-described hard-drinker who humbly titled his version of Japanese print history Mumeio zhuihitsu (Essays by a Nameless Old Man), Eisen was also the manager and proprietor of a brothel for a time. Today, however he is most famous for his portrayals of the beauties of old Japan. As a result of the success of Hiroshige’s “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, publishers commissioned many artists to do series in similar veins. Eisen both collaborated with Hiroshige and executed his own series of images from the Kisokaido (Great Western Highway).

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    Bronze mirror stand and mirror

    Cast in the form of a recumbent unicorn or qilin supporting a crescent shaped base for a mirror, this mythical beast carries its head turned to its left and has its legs folded beneath the equine body. In traditional Chinese mythology the predominant characteristic of the qilin is that of benevolence and kindness, offering an evocative addition to a court dressing table. The mirror, of a much earlier date, is cast with typical grape vine and lion decoration on the reverse, a subject frequently seen in Tang mirrors; the reflecting surface is now degraded.The stand is 17th or18th century and the mirror is earlier Tang Dynasty, 7th thru 9th century.

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    Seal with container for red ink - side view

    Example of a seal made of horn with companion red ink paste holder - viewed from the side. Most likely used for travelling purposes.

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    Teapot with landscape image - opposite side

    This image shows the continuation, or perhaps end, of the landscape image. The borders on the top and bottom are meant to evoke a sense of brocade, with the image then appearing like a ceramic version of a handscroll.

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    Anti-American imperialism poster - 3 of 3

    Series of images showing the US involvement in Asia over the first half of the 20th century. In this final section, the US portrayed as Uncle Sam is defeated by the rising sun of Mao Zedong.

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    Hair ornaments

    This image shows a variety of golden or gilt hair ornaments in forms popular with women of the elite class in the Qing dynasty. Floral imagery and images of phoenixes are common. Other materials present include coral and kingfisher feathers.