靖國神社 Yasukuni Shrine
- Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals
- Iidabashi Area
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A Shinto shrine for cherry blossoms and war
One of the most famous and controversial shinto shrines in Japan.
In the spring, you will be fascinated by the hundreds of cherry blossoms here. Under the cherry blossoms, people bring foods, sweets even beer & sake! Japanese people love to have a party when the cherry blossoms
are in full bloom because the cherry blossoms only bloom for 1 or 2 weeks so we can feel how short life is! We must enjoy them while they still bloom, that is how the Japanese feel when they see cherry blossoms. Viewing cherry blossom is not only enjoying their beauty but we also see our life, that's why cherry trees are so special for us. Also, one of these cherry trees is treated as Tokyo standards tree to check its opening. Once the tree makes a bloom, Japanese Meteorological Agency officially announces the start of the season in Tokyo!
Why this shinto shrine is so controversial is because this shrine enshrined not only war victims but also war criminals especially A-class criminals of WWⅡ. Chinese and Korean governments criticize when our prime minister and ministry members go and pray there.
However if you visit this shrine, you realize how calm and quiet it is and you find no propaganda things on war.
Also you can learn a lot at the war museum where there is an exhibition of ZERO-type fighter airplane.
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