Friday, July 14, 2006
Lanterns at Yasukuni
Today was a day off from training, so some fellow trainees and I went to the opening of the mitama festival at Yasukuni. It seems to be sort of like a Japanese Memorial Day. Yasukuni is a controversial shrine, however, as it houses the remains of war criminals from World War II.
Still, the shrine is quite beautiful, as are the lanterns that are a prominent part of the festival.
We had a good time, sampled a bit of okonomiyaki,
and found this, a haunted house.
Japan can be very strange sometimes. Imagine a haunted house on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery on Veteran's day. Then imagine a burlesque show next door to the haunted house, at the same cemetery. Then see if you agree with the above statement.