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Posts tagged yasukuni

Yasukuni Hatsumode

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Year of the Tiger (2010)

Hatsumode (初詣) is the first shrine visit of the New Year in Japan. Today’s photo comes from January of 2010 when it was the Year of the Tiger. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.

Yasukuni bijin

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koto (琴) performance at Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社) (Tokyo, Japan)

Today’s random, desktop image comes from my day after New Year’s Day visit to Yasukuni in 2010. I didn’t go to worship the war dead. I went because I was on my way home (via bike) after hearing the emperor’s New Year’s Day speech.

Comforting the noble souls of the war dead

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Model 96 15cm howitzer @ Yasukuni Shrine (Tokyo, Japan)

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Ema from all over Japan

I’m not sure if Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo does this every year or if they just did it for the 2010 New Year, but shrines from all over Japan sent their ema to be on display. Today’s photo is just a small part of the hundreds of ema on display. Many, if not most, featured a tiger since 2010 was the year of the tiger.

3 new books on Japan

yasukuniThree books on Japan just arrived in my mailbox from Columbia University Press. They are: Yasukuni, the War Dead and the Struggle for Japan’s Past by John Breen, Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States by Alexis Dudden, and Chronicles of My Life: An American in the Heart of Japan by Donald Keene.

Since we will be in the air on our way to Denmark a week from now these will have to wait until our return in August. I hope to have reviews posted here on each in August and/or September.

japan us koreaFor the trip I plan to take Philip K. Dick: Five Novels of the 1960s & 70s. Why? Because last summer I read Four Novels of the 1960s on my trip to Chicago, and I have fond memories of the readings coupled with my time in Chicago. Plus, Five Novels is much longer than the three titles on Japan so it should keep me busy longer. I don’t really want to carry around multiple books.

heart of japanDo you have any books that you have read that are forever linked in your brain with a trip or vacation?

I certainly do. For instance, I can’t think of Neil Young’s biography without thinking of my trip to Canada last fall or vice versa. Ditto with a trip to Hawaii and Origins Reconsidered: In Search of What Makes Us Human and probably a dozen or more other trips/books read on the trip.

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