Yasukuni Shrine August 15

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni was packed today with people visiting to pay their respects, on the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in WWII. Of course the main talking point will be Prime Minister Koizumi’s visit. He beat the queues by coming at 7:45 this morning. However, I was interested to see so many people of all ages there, wanting to commemorate the ordinary soldiers who had died for their country. This group of old soldiers was popular, marching in time to their bugler up to the shrine.
There was a huge queue of people waiting to get to the front of the shrine. It looked like about an hour wait.

2 Comments so far

  1. Aluminim Gords (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 9:06 pm

    Jesus, look at all those nutters in the military fatigues.

    It’s a shame the right have to highjack this – I feel sorry for the families of the regular soldiers who I presume would just like to pay their respects in peace. Shame.

  2. James Hart (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

    Everyone seems to hijack the issue for their political reasons. You’re right, people should be able to pay their respects to the ordinary soldiers who died, without any of the baggage that goes with Yasukuni.
    There were a few groups that I saw there, including one in all black gear who looked like hardcore nationalists.
    However, I think the guys in the photos were actually old soldiers: they looked 70/80years+.

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