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Japanese Conversation Forum 夕べの集い 「Dr. Akiko Takenaka: The Yasukuni Shrine in History and Today」

  • 27 Jun 2011
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Downtown Branch Lexington Public Library - Basement Room

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Monthly Japanese Conversation Forum

夕べの集い

「History is Alive!」

The Yasukuni Shrine in History and Today

Dr. Akiko Takenaka
Professor of History, University of Kentucky
Presentation given in Japanese

靖国神社といえば、首相の参拝や合祀関係の訴訟などといった国内外の政治に関する話題に事欠かない場所です。でも、戦前、戦時中の靖国とはどのような場所だったかご存知ですか?また、戦死者の「合祀」とはいったいどういった祭祀だったのでしょうか?合祀祭に出席した遺族たちはどのような体験をしたのでしょうか?錦絵や戦時中に撮影された写真などをお見せしながら、「靖国の歴史」を語ります。

We have come to know of Yasukuni Shrine through the political controversies associated with it. But did you know that it used to be a famous site for things modern and Western in the late 19C? And that multi-day festivals took place twice a year through the first half of the 20C, featuring various kinds of entertainment from panoramas to haunted houses? Taking place alongside these festivities were austere rituals where spirits of the war dead were called in from the battlegrounds to be deified at the shrine. Families of the war dead traveled from around Japan not only to grieve at these rituals, but also to take in the festivities and see the sights of Tokyo. Using visual resources such as woodblock prints and archival photographs, I will introduce such varied dimensions of Yasukuni Shrine.

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Dr. Akiko Takenaka is currently writing a book entitled: Yasukuni: Nation, Violence, Memory.  Dr. Takenaka received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2004. 


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