Souvenirs At Yasukuni Shrine
Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is dedicated to Japanese soldiers killed in war. Since it honors both ordinary soldiers as well as Class A war criminals, it is a lightning rod of controversy. This photograph illustrates some of the souvenirs sold on the Yasukuni Shrine grounds. The souvenir on the left is a wall hanging of the shrine. Below the wall hanging is a "Royal Album" depicting members of the imperial family. The postcards on the right include a card of the Japanese flag with the rising sun, the flag of the Imperial Navy during the War and a controversial symbol. Some view it as a sign of pride, while others view it as a sign of nationalism and insensitivity towards the imperial legacy. You might ask you students what they think the meaning of these souvenirs are, and how they compare to souvenirs Americans might find at Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, or Appomattox.