TRAVEL DIARY: Samurai history at an art gallery

I was lucky enough a while back to be wandering around an art gallery, and find an incredible exhibition on the age of the samurai within Japan. I was fascinated to see real pieces of art, armour, pottery and sword pieces from Japan’s tumultuous history. And I took lots of photos, so though I might share them here, as I found the whole experience really interesting 🙂 … More TRAVEL DIARY: Samurai history at an art gallery

Kdrama Podcast 62: THE CROWNED CLOWN overview

Poke a stick into your ear (it’s fine! it didn’t even hit anything important! don’t even worry about it!) and go completely crazy, before being usurped by a doppleganger who is in love with your wife, because this week on the show Lee Evie is ranting about the 2019 Korean historical drama THE CROWNED CLOWN. Starring Yeo Jin-gu as both the stick-poking mad king of Joseon and his clownish look-alike, as well as the always beautiful Lee Se-young as his very confused queen, this is both a wonderful sageuk filled with secret identities and plot twists, as well as an ethically confusing conundrum. Well, at least that was the case for Lee Evie, listen to her ranty waffle to find out why! … More Kdrama Podcast 62: THE CROWNED CLOWN overview

Book Review: THE JINGBIROK / BOOK OF CORRECTIONS by Yu Songnyong

Also known as the Jingbirok, this first person account of the Imjin War was written as a record of the Japanese invasion of Korea (1592-1598) and all the things that went wrong for the Korean government and military throughout the conflict. Of course it also documents some incredible wins too (for instance, Admiral Yi and his incredible heroic story) but on the whole, the purpose of the book was to present mistakes for what they were, in the hopes that they would not repeat in the future. … More Book Review: THE JINGBIROK / BOOK OF CORRECTIONS by Yu Songnyong

Kdrama Podcast: MY COUNTRY THE NEW AGE overview

Get stabbed in the belly multiple times with a sword and cough up some blood, but then be totally fine in every way, because this week on the podcast Lee Evie is discussing one of her favourite 2019 Korean dramas MY COUNTRY: THE NEW AGE. Starring the beautiful Woo Do-Hwan, Yang Se-Jong and Jang Hyuk, this Kdrama is a bloody and tragic tale of the end of an empire (Goryeo) and the emergence of a new dynasty from the ashes (Joseon). Oh … and it is also a drama in which every major character walks around literally covered from head to toe in blood. Did Lee Evie mention this drama was bloody? Because it is bloody. … More Kdrama Podcast: MY COUNTRY THE NEW AGE overview