Monday, August 14, 2006

The absolutely last thing I will type about Yasukuni today

The Sankei Shimbun printed a really interesting graphic on August the 7th.

It seems that the Showa Emperor lost interest in more than just Yasukuni after the enshrinement of the infamous 14 in 1978.

It seems up until the secret enshrinement, Hirohito was one pretty busy beaver in the "preserving the nation" religious affairs department.

All those visits to all those Gokoku Jinja--yow.

Courtesy: Sankei Shimbun
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By contrast, the Showa emperor's son seems to have very little enthusiasm for the ritualized nation protecting business.

Mayhap because the Gokoku Jinja idea is a historical and cultural detour from viable Shinto?

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