“Released photos” show Japanese victims of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake

요시와라유녀(吉原遊女)시신을 적나라하게 보여주는 사진들을 모아 사진전을 여는 정성길 동산의료원 명예박물관장.
Publication de photos de le cadavres de prostituées japonaises au Yoshiwara (Le grand séisme de Kantō victimes).
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Cadavres de prostituées japonaises au Yoshiwara (Le grand séisme de Kantō victimes)
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Corpses of kimono-clad Japanese courtesans (called Yujo) pulled from Benten Pond in Yoshiwara (1923)
http://www.hiroi.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/image/saigai/kanto/kanto-ehagaki-54.jpg

Victims of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 (This photo has nothing to do with massacre).
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Piled up victims of the Great Kanto Earthquake (Kanto Daishinsai) of 1923 at the site of the Honjo Army Clothing Depot (陸軍本所被服廠跡地, Rikugun Honjo Hifukusho Atochi) in Tokyo.

Jeong Seong-gil, the honorary director of Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center Museum in South Korea, made a completely incorrect, false bogus and detrimental claim about photos regarding the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. “Released photos” have got nothing to do with massacre. How did Jeong Seong-gil find out if the bodies in the pictures are Korean. He doesn’t talk about that.

Unfortunately misleading information about historical photographs is so permeating. People possess a tendency to rush to conclusions with inadequate data and make premature judgments. Such simplistic conclusions are bound to be dangerously misleading. Let me mention some truths about the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 in order to combat the permeating lies.

These two pictures were taken by a renowned Japanese photographer Koyo Okada (岡田紅陽 1895-1972) after the devastating firestorm swept through the city. The ferocious blast and fires lasted for two days and two nights. Tokyo-fu (the former Tokyo Prefecture) entrusted him with the duty of documenting the devastation.

A gigantic fire whirl with flames killed 38,000 citizens in 15 minutes at the site of the Honjo Army Clothing Depot (陸軍本所被服廠跡地, Rikugun Honjo Hifukusho Atochi). Yokoamicho Park (横網町公園 Yokoamicho kouen) was built after the relocation of the army clothing depot in 1930.

The many lifeless flabby bodies in the above photo are Japanese courtesans who have been found dead in Yoshiwara Benten Pond (요시와라벤텐이케, 吉原弁天池). They desperately plunged into the pond to avoid the flames and smoke. 490 deaths by drowning occurred among Yoshiwara courtesans in Benten Pond as a result of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

Traditionally, a kimono is worn without underwear. So, dozens of corpses of kimono-clad Japanese courtesans are put on the ground in an orderly manner with their lower bodies exposed. One urban myth in circulation from around the world suggests that the decline in kimono was encouraged by the 1932 fire at the Shirokiya department store, Nihonbashi Tokyo. Several kimono-clad women were said to refuse to jump into the safety nets for fear of exposing themselves. According to the widespread urban legend, the Shirokiya fire prompted their adoption of Western-style underwear among Japanese women.

The standing men in the photos are holding Tobiguchi. Japanese firefighters would use long beak-shaped hooks (called Tobiguchi) to tear down structures such as burning walls etc and establish firebreaks, strips of cleared land used to stop fire spreading.

The ferocious blast and fires lasted for two days and two nights. A massive firestorm was sweeping through Tokyo, killing the earthquake survivors on September 1st, 1923. Koyo Okada heroically took pictures in the midst of the fire storm with the fire sweeping uncontrolled? It’s so hard to imagine how he did it. 

The words “大正十二年九月一日” are written from left to right on the Yonhap News Agency photos dated Sept. 1, 1923, the day that the Great Kanto Earthquake occurred. This seems to be slightly weird. Right-to-left horizontal writing style like “日一月九年二十正大” was dominant in Japanese at that time.

These photos have got nothing to do with massacre. Jeong Seong-gil’s false and blatantly misleading “captions” might have been created intentionally to hinder the proper interpretation of data.

요시와라유녀(吉原遊女)시신.
Cadavres de prostituées japonaises au Yoshiwara (Le grand séisme de Kantō victimes)
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490 Japanese courtesans found dead in Asakusa Yoshiwara Benten Pond (아사쿠사요시와라벤텐이케, 浅草吉原弁天池).
Photos:Ueno/Asakusa Region (上野・浅草方面)
National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo

요시와라유녀(吉原遊女)시신.
Corpses of kimono-clad Japanese courtesans (called Yujo) pulled from Benten Pond in Yoshiwara.
Cadavres de prostituées japonaises au Yoshiwara (Le grand séisme de Kantō victimes)
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490 Japanese courtesans deaths by drowing in Asakusa Yoshiwara Koen Park (浅草吉原公園).
Photos:Ueno/Asakusa Region (上野・浅草方面)
National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo

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Osaka Asahi Shimbun(大阪朝日新聞 1923.Sep 7) mentioned the deaths by drowning among Yoshiwara courtesans as a result of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

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Tobiguchi (used to establish firebreaks to stop the spread of fire)

Victims of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 (This photo has nothing to do with massacre).
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Photo of the victims of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 at the site of the Honjo Army Clothing Depot (September 4, 1923, 本所横網 被服廠跡 9月4日).
Photos:Honjo/Fukagawa Region (本所・深川方面)
National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo

Victims of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 (This photo has nothing to do with massacre).
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Another photo of the victims of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 at the site of the Honjo Army Clothing Depot (September 4, 1923, 本所横網 被服廠跡 9月4日).
Photos:Honjo/Fukagawa Region (本所・深川方面)
National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo

Victims of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 (This photo has nothing to do with massacre).
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One more photo of the victims of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 at the site of the Honjo Army Clothing Depot (被服廠跡).
Photos:Honjo/Fukagawa Region (本所・深川方面)
National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo

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The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923
A sketch of the gigantic whirlwind in the direction of Honjo-Ishihara.
National Museum of Japanese History,
Things being uprooted and flying in the air by the power of the deadly fire whirl with flames.

KBS NEWS 2013.02.03
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요시와라유녀(吉原遊女)시신을 적나라하게 보여주는 사진들을 모아 사진전을 여는 정성길 동산의료원 명예박물관장
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한자로 대정 12년 9월 1일 관동대지진이 일어난 연도와 날짜.
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말 바꾼 역사…‘관동 학살’ 추정 사진 공개
KBS NEWS 2013.02.03 (21:24)
http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/NewsView.do?SEARCH_NEWS_CODE=2607326
사진 한장이 천마디말보다 위력..일제만행 고발해야”
연합뉴스 2013/02/03 07:30
http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/culture/2013/02/02/0901000000AKR20130202058500005.HTML

Released photos appear to show Korean victims of past Japanese massacre
YONHAP NEWS 2013/02/03 10:41 KST
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2013/02/03/78/0301000000AEN20130203000600315F.HTML
Released photos appear to show Korean victims of past Japanese massacre (Yonhap News)
Korea Herald 2013-02-03 15:28
http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130203000264

Publication de photos de Coréens massacrés au Japon il y a 90 ans
Agence de presse Yonhap 2013/02/03 14:51 KST
http://french.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2013/02/03/0300000000AFR20130203000800884.HTML

Espace Pédagogique : histoire-géographie-citoyenneté – Hiroshima : des photographies difficiles à interpréter
http://www.pedagogie.ac-nantes.fr/1210937073533/0/fiche___ressourcepedagogique/&RH=1160253153203
Les photos controversées d’Hiroshima
Le Monde.fr | 09.05.2008 à 11h06 • Mis à jour le 13.05.2008 à 16h00
http://www.lemonde.fr/asie-pacifique/portfolio/2008/05/09/hiroshima-apres-la-bombe-dix-photos-inedites_1042879_3216.html

Don’t Spread inaccurate information, Hoover Institution, Stanford Univ!

Statement Regarding the Robert L. Capp Collection | Hoover Institution, May 14, 2008
http://www.hoover.org/news/28996
Hiroshima as never seen before
https://plus.google.com/photos/107160676741564834668/albums/5207004111700909457

“Released photos” have got nothing to do with massacre. Jeong Seong-gil, the honorary director of Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center Museum, is totally wrong. Stop insulting Japanese earthquake victims now! Stop demonizing Japanese earthquake victims now!

Site of the Shin-Yoshiwara Hanazono Pond (Benten Pond)
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