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  • .An O¯-torii 'great gate' marks the entrance to Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo's Kudanshita district. In the Shinto religion 'torii' mark the start of scared places an entrance into the world of the divine. Passing under a torii is a means of purification along with the act of cleaning the mouth and hands so as to not defile the shrine. The gate is 25 metres tall and 35 metres wide it is one of the largest tori in Japan...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)..............
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  • Re-enacters and veterans of WW2 march into Yasukuni shrine wearing WW2 military uniforms during commerations for the end of WW2 in Tokyo, Japan on  August 15 2002... .Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.  (Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images).
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  • THREE OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..A women prays in front of the main shrine at Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine during commerations for the end of WW2. The Japanese lost 2.6 million lives during the war. August 15 2002. ..Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors. (Photo by B.Meyer/2.0 Images)
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  • ONE OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..The Shinchi Teien gate at Yasukuni shrine during a snow storm. December 29 2004...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors. (Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)............
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  • FIFTEEN OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..A shrine maiden passes in front of the main shrine buliding during preparations for the New Years celebrations Dec 29 2004...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)
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  • TWO OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER.Shrine workers leave the main shrine during a snow storm during preparations for New Years at Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine. December 29 2004..Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors. (Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)..............
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  • Women perform a traditonal dance at the Mitama festival held to commerate the war dead at Yasukuni shrine. July 16 2006....Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)...........
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  • Performers dance a 'odori' dance at the Mitama festival to commerate the war-dead at Yasuknui shrine July 16 2006...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors. (Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images).........
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  • TWELVE OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..Performers dance during the Mitama festival. The festival is held to commerate the souls of those lost in the war. July 16 2006...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)...........
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  • Men perform a traditonal dance at the Mitama festival held to commerate the war dead at Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan July 16 2006....Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images).......
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  • ELEVEN OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..The crew of a portable shinto shrine bounce a mikoshi to awaken and please a 'kami' or deity that it contains during the Mitama Matsuri festival held to commerate the Japanese war dead on July 16 2006 at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images).........
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  • SIX OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..Japanese comedian Minoru Torihada stands in front of a chrysanum seal during celebrations at the 50th anniversy of the end of WW2 on August 15 2005...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.  (Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)..............
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  • SEVEN OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..A man wearing a WW2 army uniform salutes at the main shrine on the newly renamed Showa day formerly Greenery day. The day 'commerates' the reign of the wartime Emperor Hirohito April 29 2007...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors. (Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)............
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  • Police make a path through photographers for Right-wing members after they deliver a letter of protest about North Korean missile testing to a North Korean associated group building just outside Yasukuni shrine. August 15 2006...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)..............
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  • EIGHT OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER.Members of a 'Uyoku' right-wing group march into Yasukuni shrine on Japan's Foundation day. The day celebrates the crowning of the first Japanese Emperor in 660 BC. Feb. 11 2007.. .Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)...........
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  • Police evict 'Artisan' Pierre Pariseau from the grounds of Yasukuni shrine after he was assualted by a member of the public during commerations for the 60th anniversy of the end of WW2. Police said 'The eviction was for his own safety'  August 15 2005....Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)......
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  • NINE OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..Members of a right-wing group march into Yasukuni shrine on the Anniversy of the end of WW2 August 15 2006 in Tokyo,Japan...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)............
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  • FOUR OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..People release white doves in hopes of peace at commerations for the end of WW2 at Yasukuni shrine August 15 2006..  ..Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors. .(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)........
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  • FIVE OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..Japanese WW2 veterans comfort each other on Japan foundation day at Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine Feb 11 2005...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors. (Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images).........
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  • Women dressed in Kimonos enjoy a boxed lunch on Culture day at Yasukuni shrine. Nov 3 2006. ..Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images).........
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  • Three women look at wishes for the New Year at Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine during New Year celebrations. January 3 2007...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.  .(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)
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  • THIRTEEN  OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER.Young women tie 'omikuji' paper fortunes for the year on wires during Yasukuni shrines New Years celebrations. It is thought that tying the fortunes outside and on trees will allow the winds to carry the wishes of the person to the gods. Jan. 03 2007..Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images).............
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  • FOURTEEN OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..An arrow placed in a tree during New Years celebrations with the wishes of the purchaser for the coming year at New year celebrations January 1 2004.. .Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors. (Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)
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  • A young boy plays with a toy train at Yasukuni shrine....Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)..........
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  • SIXTEEN OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER.A man and women leave Yasukuni shrine as it closes December 31 2006...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)..............
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