Video games were confined to an interminable cycle of Mario Kart played on 80s consoles.
However, on this particular day, even these past-times were off limits.
“People would gather in the squares from morning until six o’clock and sometimes we would walk with the army. Born in 1986, Kang grew up in the eerie, grey, concrete streets of Pyongyang.
For one day, everything in the hermit kingdom is closed and a surreal fist-pumping military parade takes place across the capital city of Pyongyang.
While these might sound like run-of-the-mill adolescent coming of age exploits, these activities took on a rather different form for Jimmin Kang in North Korea.
Drinking with friends was overshadowed by the fear of talking about the regime, going to the cinema was blighted by not being able to kiss in public and having to watch one film six times because nothing else was showing.
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Getting drunk with friends till dawn, going on dates to the cinema, playing too many video games.
“I worked in the head office but we would go around factories, schools, universities and more teaching people Juche, the state ideology of North Korea,” he explains.