Friday, May 3, 2013

Yasukuni Shrine rethinking

Yasukuni Shrine rethinking

A recent video posted on this channel defending the right of people in Japan, both politicians and average citizens being able to visit the Yasukuni Shrine without shrill criticism from abroad.  The video soon became the object of extreme hate and criticism.  Causing the poster of the video (me) to rethink my thoughts on the Yasukuni Shrine.

Shun and Tony at the Yasukuni Shrine Tokyo Japan
After considerable self inflection I realized when I return to Japan later this year I will once again visit and pray at the Yasukuni Shrine.  I find the belly aching about this Shrine to be rooted in pure outdated hate in which I do not intend to participate it.   

To the left of the Yasukuni Shrine are two smaller shrines.  One of which house the names of some American soldiers.  So should I ignore the Yasukuni Shrine and grounds causing me to ignore my fellow Americans?  In the USA, Arlington National Cemetery the resting place for Union soldiers (the North) from the American Civil War.  In this same cemetery is a monument to the Confederate soldiers (the South, those who fought against those very Union soldiers interned in the same cemetery).  Where are the complaints?

Across the river from Arlington National Cemetery is the Vietnam War Memorial Wall.  Inscribed on this solemn wall are the names of those Americans who died during the Vietnam War.  According to the commies in Vietnam, the current government of Vietnam, the Americans during that war committed numerous atrocities and war crimes.  How come the commies in Vietnam have been silent about the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, DC?         

The Yasukuni Shinto shrine is dedicated to the soldiers and others who died on behalf of Japan, registering near two and a half million names enshrined.  A visit to this shrine by foreigners and notable Japanese brings with it scathing criticism from some neighboring nations.  Their complaint is out of the two and a half million spirits honored at the Yasukuni Shrine; around one thousand were convicted as war criminals by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE or known as Tokyo Trails or Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal).  Should be noted the legitimacy of tribunal is in question by many.
Smaller shrine left of Yasukuni Shrine

Recently members of the Japanese Diet, Parliament, and the Japanese Cabinet made a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine causing South Korea and China to issue moans of condemnation.  Here is what is interesting:  During World War Two Japan occupied around twenty-four nations and battled around twelve Allied nations.  Out of the twenty-four occupied and twelve Allied nations, only two nations object to any official visitation to the Yasukuni Shrine.

The commies in China object because they are commies and that is what commies do, very simplistic.  South Korean constant moaning over this issue is interesting.  South Korean and Japan share similar security issues in reference to red-China and North Korea, yet the South Koreans allow this issue to widen the distance between Tokyo and Seoul. 

Smaller shrine left of Yasukuni Shrine
The two smaller shrines are named:
Motomiya 元宮
Chinreisha 鎮霊社

Article in reference to China and South Korea upset over Japanese citizen’s freedom of movement within Japan (Japanese politicians visiting the Yasukuni Shrine):

Yasukuni Shrine English website:

Japan-guide information on the Yasukuni Shrine:

Wikipedia entry on the Yasukuni Shrine:

Yasukuni Shrine controversies:

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