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"The news about North Korea was all negative," Hiroshi Watanabe says. "I thought...there have to be different stories there." And so he set out to find a different angle on North Korea than its frequent depiction by the media as a nation of oppressed people. What he found was a quiet vibrancy; two lines of schoolgirls scowl in red scarves, a young violinist in a canary-yellow Hanbok calmly appraises the viewer, and a boy soldier smiles bashfully under his exuberant salute. "They were as curious about me as I was about them," Watanabe says. We are left with the unseen North Korea--colorful, passionate portraits from an oft-hidden corner of the world.