Shrine Yasukuni Shrine   靖国神社

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For great men, a grateful homeland

At the heart of an arrangement of memorial buildings for soldiers who died for the emperor, the Yasukuni Jinja seems so peaceful and yet ...

This Shinto shrine of the "pacified country" is famous for the controversy it generates every year on August 15th, the day of the Japanese surrender in 1945. Some prime ministers were accustomed to going there in order to commemorate the memory of the soldiers who gave their lives for the archipelago, whilst fourteen war criminals are also honoured there.

This lack of tact has often revived tensions between Japan and the countries victims of its crimes, including China and South Korea. The tone is set as soon as you enter the sanctuary where sits a statue of Omura Masujiro, one of the initiators of the modern form of the Japanese army, and still a meeting place for far-right groups.

Majestic Torii

The sanctuary itself has no particular features, except that it is in an environment dedicated to the History of war in Japan. It is also characterized by its impressive gates (torii), the first, Daiichi Torii was the largest gate in Japan when it was erected in 1921, and not forgetting the Daini Torii, the largest bronze gate in the country. Do not miss a charming scene of Noh theater to the right of the main entrance. For visitors who want to discover the national version of events of the Second World War, the Yushukan museum presents many military objects.

Tea houses around the pond at the back of the main sanctuary provide a nice view to appreciate the small Japanese garden.

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