If we were not in our sane minds, we might have congratulated the South Korean national who thought this up in our heads, as it had the makings of a great idea. That said, we’re still civilized, and so we have to say that this person who has uploaded a picture of him… err, urinating, on one of Japan’s most famous shrines – and vowing to do so every time a Japanese politician says something that offends him and his patriotic sensibilities – is a slightly weird idea.
His vow might even test his… err, capabilities, given the propensity of some Japanese politicians to say things that are not particularly intelligent or wise. One mayor of Osaka comes to mind, with all those great ideas he has about the World War II and the “comfort women” system. Not to belittle this Korean’s bathroom capabilities, but he might have his work cut out for him if Mr. Toru Hashimoto goes on a run of speeches and interviews again. Come to think of it, someone should make him a bet to see if he can do this every single time Korea gets officially offended by any prominent Japanese official.
The “bathroom-stuff-equals-yasukuni” idea is by no means original. This Korean was beaten to it by a restaurant owner in China, who found the first “novel” way of expressing his protest against Japan – albeit over a different issue (the Senkaku/Diaoyu territorial row). The proprietor of the Hefei restaurant decided mark all the toilets in his establishment with signs reading “Yasukuni Shrine”, equating Japan’s shrine that honors their war dead to… well, you get the idea. That one got some Japanese officials pretty worked up, and ended up with a decision to visit the shrine “en masse” – to hell with the cultural implications. If that happens again, and our Korean “urine specialist” remains true to his word, we wouldn’t want to be anywhere near that shrine for months. The smell would probably kill us.
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