JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when in crowds.


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 torii297 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290 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.234 views
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Yasukuni Shrine, Torii and Haiden hall227 views
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Adding to the dignity of the shrine is a monkey show.196 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187 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.187 views
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慰霊の泉182 views
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Food stands175 views
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Monument for kamikaze pilots who died.162 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.154 views
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Imperial crest on gate door153 views
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Sumo arena. An exhibition sumo tournament is held every April.147 views
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Cherry blossom path to shrine135 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.133 views
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Path to shrine132 views
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You wash your mouth hands here. Built in 1940 by Japanese living in the US. 大手水舎132 views
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Noh stage and the cherry tree used as the barometer for Tokyo's cherry blossom blooming condition.132 views
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Memorial for sunken naval warships131 views
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Memorial for military horses and dogs which died.130 views
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Memorial for military dogs which died.126 views
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Gate built in 1934. 神門125 views
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Entrance to sumo arena.125 views
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Back view of second torii124 views
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Second torii123 views
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Yushukan war museum 遊就館123 views
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Noh stage123 views
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Yushukan war museum 遊就館120 views
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Yushukan war museum 遊就館120 views
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Mother Statue 母の像120 views
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Entrance to Yushukan war museum 遊就館117 views
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Memorial for military horses which died.116 views
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Garden 神池庭園116 views
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Yushukan war museum 遊就館115 views
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Entrance to sumo arena112 views
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Garden 神池庭園110 views
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参集殿107 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.104 views
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Rest house101 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.92 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.78 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.76 views
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Worshippers at Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15.71 views
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Rising Sun flag67 views
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Worshippers at Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15.67 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.65 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.64 views
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Worshippers at Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15.63 views
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Praying at Yasukuni Shrine on Aug. 15.62 views
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Police bus.60 views
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