(L) The Hall of Worship (Haiden) (R) )The Main Gate of Yasukuni Shrine
Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine in central Tokyo that commemorates Japan's
war dead. The shrine was founded in 1869
with the purpose of enshrining those who have died in war for the country
and sacrificed their lives to help build the foundation
for a peaceful Japan. The spirits of about 2.5 million people, who died
for Japan in the conflicts and war, are enshrined at
Yasukuni Shrine in form of written records, which note name, origin and
date and place of death of everyone enshrined.
Temizusha, purification through a hand-washing basin
A political controversy surrounds Yasukuni Shrine because since 1978, fourteen
class war criminals have been among
the 2.5 million people enshrined at Yasukuni. Furthermore, the official
visits by several Japanese prime ministers and
cabinet members to the shrine since 1975 have been causing concerns regarding
a violation of the principle of
separation of religion and politics. A big problem is not to separate and
transfer the sprits of war criminals to others.
Yushukan, a large war museum is located within the premises of the shrine,
that commemorates Japan's war history
from a conservative Japanese standpoint.
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(L) Zero fighter plane (M) Long-range cannon: Range 18.1 km
In the back, we can see the Japanese-made C56 steam locomotive was produced
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(R) Koinobori ( carp streamer ) swimming in the precinct of Yasukuni Shrine
Forest in Inner Garden
Sacred Pond Garden
No Government official personals should visit to Yasukuni Shrine.
The Yasukuni Shrine enshrines war criminals and war victims together.
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The article was written and photographs were taken in April 2017, by Junhaku
Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.