Bamboo Stems With Ropes and Ribbons

Foundation Operation X for languages, cultures and perspectives

Written by Dyami Millarson

While I was recently watching episode 5 of the 2021 Korean historical drama series River Where the Moon Rises (달이 뜨는 강), which is adapted from Choi Sa Gyu’s 2010 Korean novel Princess Pyeonggang (평강공주), I noticed a crying and hugging scene where bamboo stems with ribbons and ropes were featured in the background.

This was not the first time I have seen scenes of this kind in a Korean drama as I have seen scenes in other Korean dramas featuring trees or rocks adorned with ropes and ribbons, but this was the first time I consciously remember seeing bamboo being adorned with such ropes and ribbons (though I suspect to have seen this more often, yet this detail had apparently escaped my conscious attention). Perhaps since this scene was a bit different from what I expected to see, namely trees instead of bamboo stems with…

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