Developing the Myth of Yasukuni
Chapter 1 traces the beginnings of the myth that developed around Yasukuni Shrine during the Asia-Pacific War: that dying for the emperor results in enshrinement at Yasukuni as a god—the most highly honored of all achievements for a Japanese. I investigate the process through which the idea of a national memorial was developed using memorial practices observed by members of the Chōshū domain (central actors of the Meiji Restoration) in the decade leading up to the Restoration. Existing beliefs and rituals associated with death were incorporated into the foundation of the shrine. My close analysis of these early memorial practices demonstrates, however, that the idea of encouraging death by attaching a particular value to it, which ultimately became the Yasukuni myth during the Asia-Pacific War, was not present at the time of the shrine’s foundation.
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