Yasukuni Shrine

The Yasukuni Shinto Shrine is located in Tokyo. It is believed that the souls of the warriors who died fighting for the Emperor of Japan are housed at this shrine. Take for example the last message Major General Suzuki sent during the battle of Okinawa: “Flowers dying gracefully on hill 109, Will bloom again amid the Kudan trees”. Kudan is the area in Tokyo were Yasukuni Shrine is located. Since all Japanese soldiers who died in battle are honored there (including the ones who committed war crimes) this shrine has caused a lot of controversy.

Some photos i took when i visited the shrine some time ago:

There is a museum attached to the shrine which has some very interesting items on display, ranging from beautiful samurai armor to WW2 weaponry. Zero fighter in the entrance hall:


There are often guys dressed in WW2 uniform in front of the shrine which is a bit weird

~ by m1pencil on August 17, 2012.

2 Responses to “Yasukuni Shrine”

  1. Are they honoring their dead family members? Or reenacting?

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