Friday, August 16, 2013

Yasukuni Shrine August 15th, 2013 Japan WWII Surrender Anniversary

On August 15, 1945 Japan officially surrender thus ending WWII. The controversial Yasukuni Shrine which houses all war dead from 1867 to WWII including war criminals attracts a fair bit of attention on this day. Prime Minister Abe chose to visit the shrine by proxy.

Every year there is a peace protest which actually skirts south of the shrine heavily guarded by police and dogged by rightwingers. There are some scuffles with the police but nothing too serious.

Yasukuni Shrine
August 15th 1945 Japan unconditionally surrendered ending WWII

WWII Japanese soldier re-enactor 

Uh....? Um....? No comment!


One of the infamous black vans which blare out propaganda and rightwing music

 Rightwing Stylin'

Police stop a van with an Imperial crest on it which means rightwingers 

Pro-Japan March

Peace Protester says his peace 

Peace March
Tojo with a swastika on his head

Rightwinger looking distraught that he can't hurt anyone (or pretend to want to) 

Rightwinger gives Cop an earful 

Peace protestor dressed as a kitsune - fox

Didn't I see these guys in Pink Floyd's The Wall? 

 Whoa! I'd invade her Manchuria!

 That surreal feeling of smugness at catching a Japanese nationalist buying a frappuccino at Starbucks



1 comment:

  1. That surreal feeling of smugness at catching a Japanese nationalist buying a frappuccino at Starbucks
    ( priceless ha ? ) good job !



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Vagabond traveler currently hold up in Tokyo. I've done a far bit of traveling and had a few interesting adventures along the way. This blog is a chronicle of adventures past and present and those yet to come. I’ve been to about 30 countries though some no bigger than a kitchen table. I’ve run with the bulls of Pamplona, hiked the Inca Trail, got mugged in Mexico City, floated down the Nile in an old boat, climbed the Great Pyramid of Egypt, got ripped at Oktoberfest, and rode the notorious Tokyo Yamanote Halloween Party Train.