I came across an article on the global newsblog detailing the thriving Korean community in Osaka, Japan known simply as Koreatown. What was once a neglected neighborhood is now a thriving community of shops, restaurants, and Korean culture. The Japanese are particularly interested in Korean culture claiming there are few differences between the two countries. I don't know how many Koreans would feel about that assertion, I am sure they could find many differences. It does not seem like Korean culture is universally in Japan but the fact that it has made some inroads after a dark history between the two nations is quite remarkable. Japan conquered Korea instilling a feeling of superiority in many the hearts of many Japanese. An interest in Korean culture in Japan is a testament to the openness of modern Japan. This article reminded me of the time I stayed in the Koreatown of New York about 8 years ago. I always knew about Chinatown but had never heard of Koreatown. It was a one street neighborhood with no distinguishing characteristics except for the signs in Korean. It was a gloomy, run-down neighborhood. The location was great though; on 33rd street right across the street from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. An enclave of Korean culture halfway around the world was pretty impressive though.