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Yasakuni shrine is Tokyo's most controversial shrine. It was built to honour the dead of Japan's wars and this has since 1989 included fourteen class-A war criminals. This plus the subsequent visits to the shrine by the recent Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi have caused many problems with China and Korea who suffered badly at the hands of the Japanese imperial army before and during WW2. Every...
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  • Hands rest on a paper lantern carrying the name of a family member who died in one of Japan's wars at the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance for Japanese war dead Yasukuni shrine, Tokyo, Japan, Monday, July 16th 2007
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  • A large torii gate is illuminated by search lights walls of yellow lanterns, each containing the name of a fallen serviceman, during the Mitama matsuri in remembrance of Japan`s war dead at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. Sunday, July 13th 2008
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  • People carry a mikoshi or portable shrine through the entrance gate to Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni shrine during the Mitama matsuri in remembrance of Japan`s war dead. Tokyo, Japan. Sunday, July 13th 2008
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  • People carry a mikoshi or portable shrine through the entrance gate to Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni shrine during the Mitama matsuri in remembrance of Japan`s war dead. Tokyo, Japan. Sunday, July 13th 2008
    Mitama-mats...jpg
  • People carry a mikoshi or portable shrine through the entrance gate to Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni shrine during the Mitama matsuri in remembrance of Japan`s war dead. Tokyo, Japan. Sunday, July 13th 2008
    Mitama-mats...jpg
  • People carry a mikoshi or portable shrine through the entrance gate to Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni shrine during the Mitama matsuri in remembrance of Japan`s war dead. Tokyo, Japan. Sunday, July 13th 2008
    Mitama-mats...jpg
  • People carry a mikoshi or portable shrine through the entrance gate to Tokyo`s controversial Yasukuni shrine during the Mitama matsuri in remembrance of Japan`s war dead. Tokyo, Japan. Sunday, July 13th 2008
    Mitama-mats...jpg
  • Women holding fans walk past a wall of yellow lanterns, each containing the name of a fallen serviceman, during the Mitama matsuri in remembrance of Japan`s war dead at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. Sunday, July 13th 2008
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  • A wall of yellow lanterns, each containing the name of a fallen serviceman, during the Mitama matsuri in remembrance of Japan`s war dead at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. Sunday,July 13th 2008
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  • A wall of yellow lanterns, each containing the name of a fallen serviceman, and a large torii gate during the Mitama matsuri in remembrance of Japan`s war dead at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. Sunday, July 13th 2008
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  • People, many in summer kimonos called Yukata enjoy festival stalls selling food drink and entertainment during the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday, July 13th 2010
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  • A display of yellow paper lanterns, each carrying the name of a fallen serviceman, at the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance for Japanese war dead Yasukuni shrine, Tokyo, Japan, Monday, July 16th 2007
    Mitama-mats...jpg
  • A mikoshi or portable shrine is carried through the entrance gate of the shrine during the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday, July 13th 2010
    Mitama-mats...jpg
  • A mikoshi or portable shrine is carried through the entrance gate of the shrine during the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday, July 13th 2010
    Mitama-mats...jpg
  • A mikoshi or portable shrine is carried through the entrance gate of the shrine during the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday, July 13th 2010
    Mitama-mats...jpg
  • A young Japanse couple, wearing yukata or summer-weight kimono, look at yellow lanterns, each containing the name of a fallen military serviceman, during the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday, July 13th 2010
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  • Yellow lanterns are set up, each containing the name of a fallen military serviceman during the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday, July 13th 2010
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  • Dancer perform traditional Bon Odori dances during  the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday, July 13th 2010
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  • Dancer perform traditional Bon Odori dances during  the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday, July 13th 2010
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  • A novelty performance group, featuring snake and spider eating women, gymnasts and magicians perform among the festival stalls during the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday, July 13th 2010
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  • People, many in summer kimonos called yukata enjoy festival stalls selling food drink and entertainment during the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday, July 13th 2010
    Mitama-mats...jpg
  • A portrait of a mikoshi or portable shrine supporter in front of a large display of yellow paper lanterns, each carrying the name of a fallen serviceman, at the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance for Japanese war dead Yasukuni shrine, Tokyo, Japan, Monday, July 16th 2007
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  • The entrance torii gate to of the controversial Yasukuni with a large display of yellow paper lanterns, each carrying the name of a fallen serviceman, at the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance for Japanese war dead Yasukuni shrine, Tokyo, Japan, Monday, July 16th 2007
    Mitama-mats...jpg
  • People walk past a large wall of yellow lanterns, each displaying the name of a fallen military serviceman, during the Mitama matsuri or festival of remembrance at Yasukuni Shrine Tokyo, Japan. Monday, July 13th 2009
    Mitama-mats...jpg
  • People carry a mikoshi or portable shrine past a wall of yellow lanterns, each containing the name of a fallen serviceman, during the Mitama matsuri in remembrance of Japan`s war dead at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. Sunday, July 13th 2008
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