New Mural Going Up in Brightwood

This is on the side of a car wash on Georgia Avenue just south of Missouri. The painter is from Korea and this is the first mural he’s ever done. It is of the Dokdo Islands in the East Sea.

Turns out it’s actually a bit of a controversial topic:

“The rocky outcrop, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, is considered by both countries part of their own respective territories, and the dispute over them has been an ongoing spoiler in bilateral relations.”

As a former International Relations student – makes me love DC even more.

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  • Pretty sure that’s the owner of (or at least an employee at) the car wash.

  • I love that it’s his first mural… cheers!

  • Ask the owner if he’s painting a map of Take-shima (that’s what Japan, who also claims the islands, calls them). BTW, the U.S. Government calls them Liancourt Rocks.

  • Looks intriguing, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m also glad that the mural is a seascape (landscape?)… not something you typically see in murals around here. It’s good to bring diversity to murals and make them more sophisticated.

  • Hopefully this mural won’t become the victim of vigilante Japanese taggers.

  • …and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names identifies the waterbody between Japan and Korea as the Sea of Japan. The Koreans call it the “East Sea” in Korean, just as the Chinese (East China Sea), Vietnamese (South China Sea), Germans/Danes (Baltic Sea) each call the waterbodies off their east coasts the “East Sea” in their respective languages. The famous “Tokaido” woodblock prints by Hiroshige reference the road along Japan’s “East Sea” coast.

  • Japan’s “East Sea,” by the way, is the off-shore Pacific Ocean.

  • That’s a good place to get your car washed too.

  • It’s a couple of friggin’ rocks. Why do they even care who owns them?

  • Both countries think the rocks accrue an exclusive economic zone and would place a maritime boundary on either side of them, depending upon who ends up getting them. Some folks think the area is rich in methane hydrates, an alternative energy source. Note that Korea promptly occupied Liancourt Rocks in 1954, when the U.S. gave up using them for target practice (after killing several Korean fishermen). Japan was (and still is) in no position to kick the Koreans out. Hope you all have seen the Dokdo dry cleaning bags, signs in Dallas, LA and and animated video sign in Times Square, and little armbands given out for the Boston Marathon, so runners could remember Dokdo. Koreans hold weddings on Dokdo, shown the “Light of Einstein” there in 2005, made a full length feature movie, and publish reams about these rocks.

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