Saturday, February 19: Today, some of us journey to the east side of Daegu to see the Trick Art Museum housed in the EXCO building. It’s quite a trip by metro and bus to get to this building, and takes well over an hour from the west side, where we live.
I venture out with Anna and Seth, my good friends from Daegu, and Katy and Danny, their close friends, on this cold February morning.
What is trick art? According to the Takao Trick Art Museum website (Takao Trick Art Museum): The history of trick art is old, and dates back to about 2,000 years ago. It had become an established art form by the time of the Renaissance era. The concept is essentially the same as the illusionism of that era, namely creating the optical illusion that depicted objects really exist, instead of being just two-dimensional paintings.
After our fun morning at the Trick Art Museum, we visit Costco for pizza. There we find multitudes of Koreans loading their plates with condiments: diced onions, ketchup and mustard, and eating them. As a condiment is a “substance such as salt or ketchup that is used to add flavor to food,” we are baffled because the Koreans are eating the condiments alone, not as flavoring to another food, but as the main food itself. Very odd indeed. 🙂