For those of you who don't know, back in the pre-WWII days after the Meiji restoration, Japan had managed to build up a pretty impressive empire in a relatively short period of time. And like most empires, they decided they wanted to expand and had their sights set on their nearest neighbour -- the Korean peninsula. It just so happened that there was a peasant uprising in Korea (then called Joseon) at the time (this was around 1894). Eventually the rebellion got too much for the Joseon government to handle and they petitioned their old buddy China to send military aid. It took China a little while to respond, and Japan ended up catching wind of the situation and decided this was a pretty good opportunity to get a foothold on the peninsula.
|A painting of the donghak rebels.|
|Some Korean independence fighters posing in Manchuria.|