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.

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