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The Yasukuni-jinja. According to Shinto belief, the souls of all Japanese war dead are enshrined here. (Carrier pigeons are honoured, but not enshrined).

A beautiful, peaceful site. Controversial, too. Included in those war dead are hundreds of convicted war criminals, responsible for some of the most appalling atrocities of the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. So when politicians come and pay their respects at the shrine (as will likely happen this coming weekend), the Chinese and Koreans are less than impressed…

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