[KS] WG: H-ASIA: Mimana/Imna Monument query

Vladimir Tikhonov vladimir.tikhonov at ikos.uio.no
Mon Apr 7 08:33:38 EDT 2008

No, it is not that the Japanese "planted" the archaeological evidences - 
they were just being accused of erecting the monument in order to 
justify their aggression by the "experiences" of Mimana Nihonfu. 12 
years ago I have defended my dissertation exactly about Kaya 
(proto)-states and their international connections including the ties 
with the proto-Japanese polities in Kinai and in Northern Kyushu, and 
the conclusion was that, although no "Nihonfu" could plausibly exist in 
early 6th C. (after all, "Nihon" makes its appearance in 670 only, so 
the term is an obvious "modernization" by Nihon shoki compilers), the 
trade and military relations between Kayas and the proto-Japanese were 
indeed more than lively. But by mid-6th C. they seem to have been more 
concentrated on Ara-Kaya (Haman) than Taegaya (KoryOng).

Vladimir Tikhonov/Pak Noja

On 07.04.2008 5:53, Sigrid Gaffal wrote:
>   There was a request about a monument concerning a Japanese monument in 
> Korea on H-ASIA. So far no reply has come in. Perhaps members of this 
> list could give some clarification.
> Sigrid Gaffal
> Dankook University
> --- Linda Dwyer, Independent Scholar> /<dwyer at MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU>/ 
> schrieb am *Sa, 29.3.2008:
> *
>     *Von: Linda Dwyer, Independent Scholar> <dwyer at MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU>
>     Betreff: H-ASIA: Mimana/Imna Monument query
>     An: H-ASIA at H-NET.MSU.EDU
>     Datum: Samstag, 29. März 2008, 14:39
>     *
>     *H-ASIA
>     March 29, 2008
>     Mimana/Imna Monument query
>     *****************
>     From:  _etatkins at NIU.EDU_ (mailto:etatkins at NIU.EDU)
>     Dear colleagues,
>     In June 2003, I visited the Independence Memorial
>      Hall in Ch'ŏnan, ROK.
>     Outside one of the exhibit halls is a stone monument with a plaque that
>     says the following:
>     Relocated here from its original location in Koryŏng-ŭp, Koryŏng- gŭn, Kyŏ
>     ngsangbuk-do, this stone monument is a positive proof that Korean history
>     was willfully distorted by the Japanese imperialists. In order to justify
>     their aggression against Korea as well as to support their false claim
>     that Koreans were an inferior people, they fabricated a Japanese colony
>     called  Imna [Mimana Nihonfu in Japanese].  To substantiate this theory,
>     the  Japanese erected this stone monument in Koryŏng, the ancient capital
>     of Tae Kaya.
>     It is not clear to me from this text if it is saying that Japanese
>     archaeologists "planted" the stone as evidence of the existence of
>     Imna/Mimana, OR if Japanese merely erected the monument to mark the
>     territory and commemorate the
>      "existence" of Mimana Nihonfu.  I would
>     appreciate any clarifications about this monument that H-JAPAN or H-ASIA
>     subscribers can share.  Thank you!
>     Peace,
>     E. Taylor Atkins
>     Northern Illinois University
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Vladimir Tikhonov,
Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages,
Faculty of Humanities,
University of Oslo,
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