The reason why Koreans Call the Emperor of Japan as “King of Japan”


Little known to the world, South Korea’s media outlets all call “Emperor of Japan (천황 天皇)” as “King of Japan (일왕 日王)”. Only Korea in the world uses “King of Japan”.

Didn’t know? Right. When you read news from Korea, English translators kindly “translate” the Korean word to “Emperor” for you. That’s why you don’t notice.

What is the difference between “King” and “Emperor” in Asia? Simply speaking, Emperor is the King of Kings (like in CHINA).

So, why Koreans intentionally uses “King of Japan (일왕 日王)”?

It came from 中華思想  more accurately “Sinocentrism” which literally means “China is the center of the world” idea where countries far way are “inferior”. That inferior countries include Japan and all the the western countries.

And Korea had been a vassal state of China for hundreds of years. Korean Kings served Chinese emperors of Ming dynasty and Qing dynasty etc for many many years.


Korea became a puppet state of China and the only emperor for King of Korea had to be the Chinese emperor according to the East Asian world order. And other countries became “inferior”.

In the other hand, in Japan, Shōtoku Taishi (574-622), Prince Regent of Japan, is famous for having sent a letter to the Emperor of China starting with the words: “The Emperor of the land where the sun rises sends a letter to the Emperor of the land where the sun sets to ask if you are healthy” (日出處天子致書日沒處天子無恙云云). Japan kept equal foreign relations to China.

So, the puppet state of China (Korea) who thinks Japan as “inferior” which claim to be equal to China is in identity crisis. Koreans can not stand Japan is an independent state and equal to China (which superior to Korea).


Finally, since 1990’s, Koreans decided to deny that Japan has emperor and use “King” because the history of Korean Kings cannot be erased. So, they are like “Let’s take Japanese Emperor down to “King” so that Korea and Japan became equal”.

Childish? Yes, I agree. Can’t believe Korea that idiot? You don’t know enough about Korea yet.

This is one of the roots of Korean anti-Japanism today.

Off course, Korean foreign ministers and the presidents uses the word “Japanese Emperor” in official diplomatic occasions. Yes, not THAT stupid, I guess. But ALL of Korean media outlets uses “King of Japan” intentionally.

이명박 대통령이 일본군 위안부, 역사교과서 왜곡 등 과거사 문제와 관련해 연일 외교상의 관례를 넘어서는 강경 발언을 쏟아 내고 있어 그 배경을 놓고 관심이 쏠리고 있다. 지난 10일 대한민국 대통령으로는 처음으로 독도를 방문한 이 대통령은 14일에는 일왕(日王)까지 거론하며 과거사 문제의 조속한 해결을 촉구했다. 이 대통령의 이 같은 대일 공세는 현 정부뿐만 아니라 차기 정권에도 외교적 부담으로 작용할 것이라는 지적이 나온다.
이 대통령은 이날 충북 청원군 한국교원대학교를 방문한 자리에서 ‘독도 방문’에 대한 질문이 나오자 작심한 듯 직설적으로 일본을 몰아붙였다. 이 대통령은 현장에서 일왕이 ‘무릎을 꿇고’ 사과해야 한다는 표현을 쓴 것으로 알려졌지만, 이후 청와대가 공개한 발언록에는 빠진 것으로 확인됐다.

The president remarks on Japanese emperor in Aug 14th, 2012.

You can’t change the history if you change the word.

How childish.

Actually, Korea had an emperor and became independent for a very short period of time. After Japan defeated Qing dynasty, Japan forced Qing dynasty to let Korea free with Treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895. And Japan granted the independence of Korea which later became “Korean Empire” in 1897 and made Korean King to Emperor showing its independence from China empire. And Korean can not stand this part of history either. And  they hate Japan for this too because “inferior/barbaric” Japan granted/gave an independence to a “great Korea” and, off course, for the Annexation of Korea in 1910 too.

So, South Korean anti-Japan sentiments will not disappear until we erase these history and create new “glorious 5000 years of Korean history” or until Korea goes back to being a part of China like North Korea regime is today which is a traditionally “right” position and make Japan “inferior”.

Yet another Uriginal – Soy source

First of all, since the wikipedia article for Uriginal has been deleted permanently, I have to define what Uriginal is.

Uriginal is mintage of Korea ” Uri(Korean) + original “

Korean believes that it is uriginal. But it isn’t always “true”.

Soccer is uriginal.
Manga is Uriginal.
Karate is uriginal.
Kendo is uriginal.
Samurai is uriginal.

Urban Dictionary : Uriginal

For example, long before Sushi became popular world wide, Koreans used to make a fool of eating raw fish. However, once Sushi became “Cool”, they started claim Sushi originates from Korea.

美식당가, 日정부 ‘일식’ 인증추진에 코웃음

그는 “스시와 사시미는 원래 중국과 한국에서 유래했기 때문에” 일본은 스시가 자기들의 음식문화라고 주장할 권리가 없다면서 “일본은 2차대전 이후에 스시를 먹기 시작했지만 한국과 중국은 수천년간 스시와 사시미를 만들어 왔다”고 주장했다.

In this article, a owner of Sushi restaurant “Ginza Sushi” in LA, Jerry Kim said

“Sushi and Sashimi came from Korea and China. Japanese started to eat Sushi after 1945, and they don’t have no rights to claim about Sushi”.

He isn’t the only Korean to say such a bullshit. I’ve had enough stupid fantasic stories about it.

I can give you numerous examples like this. If you read “Korea and Her Neighbors” you’ll notice that Koreans don’t have a history of drinking tea at all. But, today they claim sado (which is an art, and spiritual zen way of serving and drinking tea) originates from Korea. How could they so arrogant and ignorant? One can only guess. If you read books such as Korea and Her Neighbors by Isabella Lucy Bird or Histoire de L’Eglise de Corée by Claude Charles Dallet, You’ll know. They did not have any of those traditions. So they have to CREATE HISTORY and TRADITIONs today otherwise they feel.. what crazy? inferior? I don’t know. Probably it’s the deeply rooted HAN or inferior complex.

A typical Korean would answer “the evil Japs took away from us!” Heck. Those books were written way before Japan annexed Korea.

They did not have Kendo(or Kumdo), Sado, Kado, Judo, Karate, Origami, Matsuri, Sakura, or any of those things.

Korean invented Chinese characters?

Taekwondo is a ripp off, but we don’t remember that

Korean invented everything

This time, a new target is Soy source.

동은FC는 우선 간장소스부터 출시할 계획이다. 세계시장에서 우리나라 전통 발효식품인 간장이 마치 일본 것으로 인식되는 것을 고치겠다는 포부다. 초기에는 일본 간장소스를 벤치마킹해 세계시장에 연착륙 한 뒤 차차 세계인의 입맛을 바꿔나갈 계획이라고 회사 측은 소개한다. 2년 내 미국 애너하임에 지사를 설립할 계획이다.

간장은 한국이 원조 ‘일본간장 잡겠다

You don’t like the fact Kikkoman is the de-fact synonym for soy source, huh? You wanna proclaim that Korea is the true father and the originator of Soy source huh? Fu*ck. Original Soy Source came from ancient China.

“Korean Created China and Japan”…

On 16th, LA. Dr Hong Beom Rhee the author of “Asian Millenarianism” gave a speech.

According to the article,

한국인은 미개해서 고대에는 중국의 속국으로 근대에는 일본의 식민지가 됐다\”는 일반적인 역사인식을 깨트리며 \”일본과 중국을 만든 민족은 바로 한국인이며, 고대 한국 문명이 아시아 문명의 모체가 됐다\

Contrasted with the common historical knowledge, which “Koreans were uncivilized and Korea used to be a vassal state of China and a colony of Japan”, “it was Koreans created Japan and China, and ancient Korean civilization was the origin of Asian civilizations”.

“韓国人は未開で古代には中国の属国で近代には日本の植民地になった”という一般的な歴史認識を破って “日本と中国を作った民族はまさに韓国人であり, 古代韓国文明がアジア文明の母体となった”

I’d really like to see the logic and proof to back up his theory.

From what I know, people living in the Korean peninsula spoke different languages and had different customs around 6th century. I wonder which people he’s talking about.

And he forgets about Mongols. Korea used to be under severe control from Mongols; worse than a vassal state. And his claim is based on “Korean Pure Blood” myth (and of course the “Dangun” myth). But, the fact is, Koreans today are pretty mongolianized…

Well, pretty soon, he’s gonna start saying Korean have 10000 years of history or whatever.

Continue reading ““Korean Created China and Japan”…”

Korean invented everything

Koreans are known to claim [fill in this blank] originates from Korea. And that’s pissing some off, and some laugh at Koreans.

This is the one thing, among many, I want to find out why and where this tendency came from. I’m just curious. I suspect that the uri nara manse syndrome just went too far.

Here is the latest example.

China:Korean professor under catcalls from Global Voices

On 31st, October, several Chinese portal websites released the news: the Korean professor Zheng Zaishu in Ehwa University suggested that, contrasted with the common sense, the Chinese mythology mainly originated from Korea. His theory was based on the fact that many gods mentioned in Chinese mythology Legends of Mountains and Seas could be found in Goguryeo frescos.

Korea is truly interesting. “uri nara manse syndrome“, “blood obsession“, “origin obsession”, Hwabyeong, generosity toward lies, etc etc

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Korean invented Chinese characters?

Taekwondo is a ripp off, but we don’t remember that

Another Sushi fraud. Tilapia

The uri nara manse syndrome

I don’t wanna be too picky, but there ARE obvious tendency in Korean media. I call it “uri nara mansei syndrome” meaning “uri(our) nara(country) manse(great)” or 우리나라 만세.

The WiBro story I blogged yesterday “Korea’s WiBro” or WiMAX; not so Korean was a good example of this.  Oh, and the first train story was good one too.
I can list a whole bunch but here are some more latest story.

Korean animation hits #1 in the U.S. 국내 애니메이션 美 지상파 시청률 1위 기염 国内アニメーション 美 至上派視聴率 1位気炎 [2007-10-23 11:03:03]

‘이온키드’는 지난 해 9월30일까지 KBS 2TV에서 방영된 ‘아이언키드’의 미국판 타이틀로 기획, 제작뿐 아니라 그 동안 한국 애니메이션의 가장 큰 취약점이었던 시나리오 연출까지 100% 국내에서 진행한 작품이다.

미국 외에도 스페인, 이탈리아 등 유럽지역에서도 시청률 1위를 기록하며 선풍적인 인기를 끈 바 있다.

It reads “it was 100% Korean-made from planning to creation” “It became popular not only in the U.S. but also in European countries such as Spain and Italy.”


Ok it sure looks fine.

But according to Wikipedia, Eon Kid is a CGI television series produced by BRB Internacional (Spain), DesignStorm, Daiwon C&A Holdings (South Korea) and Manga Entertainment (US).

Also, it kinda looks like Rockman


OK, well, whatever.. NEXT!

The world’s fastest mobile telecommunication technology from Korea!

ETRI, HSDPA보다 1000배 빠른 이동통신기술 개발

3.6Gbps 4G시스템 공개시연, 20메가 HD영상 100개 실시간 동시 전송
2007년 10월 11일 14:34:26 / 김재철 기자

世界 最高速 移動通信 技術が 純粋 国内 技術で 開発された.

세계 최고속 이동통신 기술이 순수 국내 기술로 개발됐다

The world’s fastest mobile telecommunication technology has been developed with pure Korean-homegrown technologies.


OK, that’s NOT true either.




December 25th, 2006, NTT DoCoMo successfully transmitted 5Gbps while moving at 10km/hour. This was not a computer simulation. It was a real field test.

There are a whole lot more, but… boy am I tired.

Remember this “Always verify when you read Korean news articles and books” no kiddin’

It’s none of my business how Korean uses media to fuel ugly nationalism, but lying, distortion and exaggeration isn’t good for any of us.