Thursday, June 3, 2010
Yasukuni Jinja in Chiyoda ward in Tokyo is the Shrine dedicated to the soldiers who died on the Japanese wars.
The Shrine originally one of the main State Shinto shrines, until the separation between the church and the state in 1946.
There is a great controversy with the shrine as it has enshrined WWII criminals. As an outcome, when prime ministers visit the shrine, many countries condemn the visit.
In the premises there is also the Yushukan war museum, many war relics are housed there, included a zero fighter plane.
Next to the main shrine or hoden there is the motomiya or original shrine.
Behind the honden there is the Shinchi teien or sacred pond garden, with a small waterfall.