Year Two, Week Twenty-five—Amber

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This is a photo of something we’ve talked about indirectly on this blog. Something that is an integral part of the Korean culture, and I’m pretty sure something that makes Korea what it is. The Ajumma. This woman is clearly adorable. Out for a stroll and searching for fashion in her curled hair and printed accessories. Ajumma seems to be a word that means “older woman” but to me it also can mean hard-working older woman, pushy older woman, sweet and kind kid-loving older woman, and much more. I see ajummas everywhere around Seoul. So active and lively despite their age. Dishing out smiles and kimchi. Straining their backs under the weight of their items they carry around, or shopping like this woman. I’m almost positive that ajummas are what keep Korea turning.

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