|Water where you cleanse before entering the shrine area|
Yasakuni shrine is dedicated to the soldiers and souls who died on behalf of the emperor of Japan. There are statues and memorials for most of the wars, but most prevalent are those for World War II. Foreign tourists are asked to be cautious here because the shrine harbors some controversy. After World War II, the souls of Japanese war criminals were enshrined as kami at the temple. This fostered international resentment especially from China, because one of the souls was of the general who lead the massacre on Nanjing. Although Japanese officials stated that their intent was not to condone the actions of the war criminals, but instead to remove the lingering essence of their spirits, controversy still surrounds the shrine. The Japanese group, the far right, who are known for protesting against pro-chinese, or more generally pro-foreigner, agendas have often taken to the shrine to tout their propaganda. Unfortunately, the far right are known for resorting to violence. Police officers stationed at the shrine will caution foreigners to stay out of the groups way for the safety of everyone.
Built in 628 AD, Sensoji is Japans oldest temple. It harbors Kannon the goddess of mercy.
|This is the thunder gate that leads to the temple.|
|For a history of the temple check out this site|
Things were much more feminine on the car, even the "be careful not to smash you fingers in the door" signs were little hello kitties.
|Be careful not to smash your finger ^-^|