Thursday, May 8, 2014

A day at the Yasukuni Shrine

A day at the Yasukuni Shrine

We spent a day at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.  First we came across a group in uniforms with Japanese flags, said to be Nationalist.  Have no idea about that.  Then an interview for a magazine.  Next greeted the group who arrived to pray with us inside the Shrine. 

Photographs not allowed in the Shrine.  Afterwards group and individual photographs.  Then saw Japanese Imperial Army reenactors (in USA there are American Revolution and Civil War reenactors).  Later photographed with them. 

Saw what is said to be vans belonging to the Nationalist and met one of them.

Rest of the day enjoyed meeting people on the grounds of the Yasukuni Shrine.  The weather was perfect and enjoyed a day with good friends and very friendly people.   

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 hundred 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.

 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.   

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