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Visiting Yasakuni Shrine Trendy for Japanese Women Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jan 1, 2014, 08:45 PM

Many Japanese women believe that visiting the Yasakuni Shrine, which honors Japanese war criminals, is a trendy thing to do. They are buying up war criminal lucky charms as gifts.

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, "Visiting shrines has become popular among young women recently, apparently because sengu, or rare events of reconstruction or repair of facilities at major shrines, were carried out last year at the Ise Grand Shrines in Ise, Mie Prefecture, and Izumo Taisha grand shrines in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture."

Japanese women have become more intruiged with visiting the Yasakuni Shrine after watching TV programs and reading women's magazine that featured the war crimes memorial site.

As reported by Yomiuri Shimbun, "Women’s clubs that focus on visiting shrines have been organized. Jinja Garuzu Kenkyukai (Shrine girls’ study society), launched two years ago, has about 50 female members in their 20s to 60s in Shimane and Tottori prefectures. Its members’ occupations are varied, including homemakers and restaurant workers. Members visit shrines in the Sanin region once a month or so."

Michi Kono, 35, an announcer who founded the Yasakuni Circle, is quoted as saying that, "It's also enjoyable to have a meal together to talk about our impressions after visiting the shrines."

To read the entire article from the Yomiuri Shimbun, link here:

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written by shrine boy , January 02, 2014

Wow - the power of misinformation! Tom McGregor, this is a completely irresponsible article.

The article you quote doesn't mention Yasukuni Shrine once.

It is true that visiting shrines in Japan is gaining popularity. But there are over 80,000 shrines in Japan. Only Yasukuni Shrine, in central Tokyo, honors war victims.

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