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Site 154: Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine

Perhaps the most controversial place in Japan is Yasukuni Shrine, located in the heart of Tokyo. It certainly didn’t start out that way – after the end of the Boshin War, a civil war between forces loyal to the shogunate and the emperor in 1868-69, the emperor Continue reading “Site 154: Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine”

Site 155: Tokyo’s Zōjō-ji Temple

Zojoji Temple is located in the heart of Tokyo, not far from Tokyo Tower, one of the more iconic symbols of Tokyo. I have been meaning to go here for some time as I knew this had a mausoleum in which six Shoguns were buried. However, I almost didn’t make it Continue reading “Site 155: Tokyo’s Zōjō-ji Temple”

Site 153: Fukushima Exclusion Zone

Every generation it seems, lives through some life- or world-changing events in their lifetime, whether it be wars, assassinations, shootings, trials and resignations, hijackings, or terrorist attacks. For me, so far they’ve been the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Continue reading “Site 153: Fukushima Exclusion Zone”

Site 152: Ishinomaki

3/11. It may not be as famous as 9/11, but at least here in Japan, it’s a day that will never be forgotten. The triple disaster of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the tsunami that followed, and the explosion at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant are all events that Continue reading “Site 152: Ishinomaki”

Site 151: Nagoya’s Heiwa Koen Cemetery

Nagoya is not on most tourists’ itineraries when visiting Japan, and usually for good reason. It lies in the middle of a flat plain, is the hub of big manufacturing in the country, and was very heavily bombed during the war, which destroyed a lot of old buildings. Continue reading “Site 151: Nagoya’s Heiwa Koen Cemetery”

Cemetery Roundup 2015-2018

Having just visited my 150th cemetery/memorial site in just over 3 years, I thought it might be interesting to look at the overall numbers of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. Just sorting through the numbers have given me a few surprises – I didn’t realise Continue reading “Cemetery Roundup 2015-2018”

Site 150: Himeji’s Nagoyama Cemetery

Here we are – 150 sites explored since I started this blog just over 3 years ago. 100 kind of came and went while I was travelling, and I wasn’t sure where I would be for the next (kind of) big milestone, but a work obligation led me to Himeji. Himeji is not Continue reading “Site 150: Himeji’s Nagoyama Cemetery”

Site 149: Kobe’s Foreign Municipal Cemetery

Japan has had a long, complicated history with the foreign visitors that have come to its shores, both past and present. It’s not just differences in language, dress, and every day habits, death is an issue as well. One of the first things Commodore Perry had to arrange Continue reading “Site 149: Kobe’s Foreign Municipal Cemetery”

Site 124: Osaka’s Shitennōji Temple & Cemetery

Shitennōji Temple is one of the oldest temples in Japan (593 CE) and the first state one. Prince Shotoku, who supported the introduction of Buddhism in Japan, is the one that founded this temple. It’s been destroyed by fire several times since it was built, but it has always been faithfully Continue reading “Site 124: Osaka’s Shitennōji Temple & Cemetery”

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