JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Due to COVID-19, traveling to and within Japan is currently being discouraged.


Most viewed - Yasukuni Shrine 靖國神社
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Yasukuni Shrine is Japan's most prominent shrine for the war dead. Near Kudanshita Station on the Tozai Subway Line. This is the first giant torii295 views
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Yasukuni Shrine, Haiden hall. After the Class-A war criminals (such as Hideki Tojo) were enshrined here, the late Emperor Hirohito (Showa) never worshipped here again. 拝殿284 views
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Heavyweight judo Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (石井 慧) was also at Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15, 2009. He was very kind and signed autographs, shook hands, and took photos with a lot of people.226 views
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Yasukuni Shrine, Torii and Haiden hall221 views
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Adding to the dignity of the shrine is a monkey show.194 views
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Inside Yushukan war museum: Photos of the war deceased. Look carefully and you may find photos of Hideki Tojo and co.185 views
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Inside Yushukan war museum. Impressive, but its version of Japanese war history is skewed. No exhibit on the Pearl Harbor attack either. 遊就館184 views
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慰霊の泉180 views
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Food stands173 views
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Monument for kamikaze pilots who died.160 views
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Statue of Omura Masujiro (1824-1869) 大村益次郎, founder of Japan's modern army. Also pushed for the establishment of Yasukuni Shrine.152 views
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Imperial crest on gate door151 views
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Sumo arena. An exhibition sumo tournament is held every April.145 views
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Cherry blossom path to shrine133 views
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Memorial for Justice Radhabinod Pal, an Indian judge during the war crimes tribunal. He was a judge who voted for the innocence of Japan's war criminals.131 views
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Path to shrine130 views
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You wash your mouth hands here. Built in 1940 by Japanese living in the US. 大手水舎130 views
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Noh stage and the cherry tree used as the barometer for Tokyo's cherry blossom blooming condition.130 views
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Memorial for sunken naval warships129 views
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Memorial for military horses and dogs which died.128 views
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Memorial for military dogs which died.124 views
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Gate built in 1934. 神門123 views
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Entrance to sumo arena.123 views
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Back view of second torii122 views
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Second torii121 views
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Yushukan war museum 遊就館121 views
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Noh stage121 views
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Yushukan war museum 遊就館118 views
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Yushukan war museum 遊就館118 views
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Mother Statue 母の像118 views
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Entrance to Yushukan war museum 遊就館115 views
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Memorial for military horses which died.114 views
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Yushukan war museum 遊就館113 views
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Garden 神池庭園113 views
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Entrance to sumo arena110 views
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Garden 神池庭園108 views
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参集殿105 views
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On Aug. 15 at Yasukuni Shrine, you can see former soldiers and nationalists dressed in military uniform marching in the shrine.102 views
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Rest house99 views
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On Aug. 15 at Yasukuni Shrine, you can see former soldiers and nationalists dressed in military uniform marching in the shrine.89 views
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They march up to the end of the line of worshippers lined up to pray at the shrine. Then they turn around and head back.76 views
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On Aug. 15 at Yasukuni Shrine, you can see former soldiers and nationalists dressed in military uniform marching in the shrine.74 views
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Worshippers at Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15.69 views
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Rising Sun flag65 views
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Worshippers at Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15.65 views
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On Aug. 15, the anniversary of Japan's surrender and the end of World War II, Yasukuni Shrine is a busy with worshippers and police. These are police buses.63 views
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From Kudanshita Station to the first torii, the path is jammed with political activists not even related to the war or shrine.62 views
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Worshippers at Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15.61 views
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Praying at Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15.60 views
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Police bus.58 views
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