War Monuments and Yasukuni Shrine (04:16)
Monuments to the war dead are symbolically charged with complex messages, including the Hall for Noble Spirits in Tokyo. Japan's Yasukuni Shrine venerates the military dead from as early as Japan's nineteenth century civil wars.
Japan's War Dead Honored (03:00)
Millions of Japanese soldiers died from starvation and drowning. At the Yasukuni Shrine, soldiers are symbolized by the delicate beauty of cherry blossoms—flourishing but impermanent. Their spirits are incorporated as guardians of the nation.
Spirits of Japan (03:01)
Yasukuni's priests consider themselves guardians of the nation's spirits. The Japanese believe that ritual ceremonies at the shrine keep the spirits of the dead pacified, thus keeping the nation secure.
Importance of Yasukuni Shrine (03:25)
Protests erupt at the Yasukuni Shrine when the emperor visits the shrine. For families, Yasukuni Shrine provides a place where their personal losses are valorized, legitimized, and made sacred.
Yushukan Museum: Monument to Courage and National Pride (03:19)
War relics in the Yushukan Museum convey pointed commentary about sacrifice, honor, and loyalty. Today's young Japanese are not educated about the national commitment and personal sense of duty that led to the Great War.
Yasukuni Shrine and Historical Facts (02:51)
The Museum honors Japanese nurses and Kamikaze pilots in a way that brings to light the personal sacrifices that their generation was willing to make. The War is now seen by the Japanese through a simplified, yet glamorized lens of time.
Japanese Revisionist History (04:51)
On the grounds of the Yasukuni Shrine, visitors can buy books and brochures that promote historical revisionism about all aspects of the War's origins, effects, and conclusions. Each government and each generation will revise Japan's military and national history.
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