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Mitama Matsuri (62 images)

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Yasakuni shrine is Tokyo's most controversial shrine. It was built to honour the dead of Japan's wars and this has since 1989 included fourteen class-A war criminals. This plus the subsequent visits to the shrine by the recent Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi have caused many problems with China and Korea who suffered badly at the hands of the Japanese imperial army before and during WW2. Every July the Mitama matsuri is held to honour the 2. 5 million soldiers, sailors and airman who have...
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