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Yasukuni ShrineHistory, Memory, and Japan's Unending Postwar$
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Akiko Takenaka

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824846787

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824846787.001.0001

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Institutionalizing Joy

Institutionalizing Joy

Turning War into Spectacle at Yasukuni Shrine

(p.51) Two Institutionalizing Joy
Yasukuni Shrine

Akiko Takenaka

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter 2 covers the two early successful wars of Japanese imperialism (the Sino-Japanese War, 1894-5, and the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-5) in order to examine the gradual process through which the Japanese people came to understand and identify with the ideas behind the shrine. With each victory, the shrine’s grounds were transformed into a key locus for celebrations of war. During these early wars of imperialism Yasukuni Shrine firmly established its position as a site for celebration of the expanding empire by situating itself at the center of a visible network of victory parades and other events that transformed Tokyo into a space of celebration. War death, at the time, was not highlighted.

Keywords:   Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War, Yūshūkan Museum, Ōmura Masujirō, meisho, Kokkōkan (panorama building), izoku (war-bereaved military families)

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