Hope everything is going well.
Btw, there’s a good news.
I have decided to host a little morning-walking tour for all you great foreign tourists visiting Japan.
Have you ever heard of the “Yasukuni Shrine”?!
Well, for we the Japanese it is a sacred place established in 1869 after the Meiji Restoration, where those who gave ultimate sacrifices for the nation are enshrined. Over 5 million people visit the place annually.
However, the place has been a bone of contention since 1985 – when the Chinese government objected after then PM Nakasone made a visit. South Korean government followed suit.
Some people call it the Shrine of “Voldemort” (from Harry Potter), but then why is it that I see so many foreigners visiting the Yasukuni these days?! As a matter of fact, I’ve met and made friends with quite a few Chinese people there too.
Why is it so “controversial”?!
I want to bring the events of World War 2 to open discussion, so that you can understand Japan better by tackling this whole issue. Especially when we live in the age of “Fake News” and Mr.Trump, it is crucial to embrace correct knowledge and information and think for ourselves.
As “Mr.Omotenashi”, my job is simply to offer you an opportunity to feel the Yasukuni, and to hear the “untold side of the story” – It’s up to you to decide, of course!
Japan is not only about Mt.Fuji, Pokémon and Doraemon!
August 15th will mark the 73rd year since the end of WW2.
And it is highly likely you will hear the word “Yasukuni” that day on CNN, AP and other major western corporate medias. But then my question is “Wait a minute, isn’t it preposterous that this issue has been an impediment between Tokyo and Beijing for the past 30 years? There’s got to be a solution for god’s sake!”
Then let’s think and learn history together. A broad public discussion I believe is the catalyst for peace.
Just as a reminder, the shrine will be packed with people before noon. But in the early morning hours, it should be fine. So don’t be late!
Also, Shintoism is rather a ‘way of life’ than a religion. So you needn’t worry visiting the shrine even if you are a Christian or a Muslim.
As the old men used to say, ‘Seeing is believing’.
Hope to see you there!
Date: August 15, 2018
Time: 9:00am 〜 10:00am
Language: ENGLISH 【Kids and children welcome!】
Samurai Guide: Me
How to get there: Take the subway TOZAI line, get off at KUDANSHITA station.
Where to meet: EXIT 1 of the station, ground-level.
(You go up the escalator/stairs, and when you see the sky, please looks for me! Also, no reservation needed. Just be there 9 sharp!)
For inquiries, Email: Tokyo@JapanBroadcasting.net
※ Please carry a bottle of water or cold green tea with you. It’s gonna be boiling HOT!
※ If by any chance you’re late, walk towards the shrine’s super big Torii gate and try to find the group! It shouldn’t be that difficult because my voice is super loud.
Also, please note that I cannot take the slightest responsibility if you break your leg or get run over by a truck or for whatever happens during the tour. I’m not a Spider-Man.
※ 日本人参加者も、大歓迎です！ 英語での異文化交流に、ぜひご参加ください（キッズも大歓迎！訪日観光客の友だちが、いっぱいできるカモ？）・九段下駅1番出口に、9時集合!