Bruce Meyer-Kenny

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A member of an all women mikoshi a portable shinto shrine containing a deity waits to move forward during the Mitama festival held July 16 2006 at  Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan...Established in 1869 by the Meiji Emperor to commerate those who died in the Boshin War. The shrine now houses the souls or 'kami' of Japan's war dead including 14 A-class war criminals who were interned among the 2.5 million war dead in 1978. Visits to the shrine by Japanese Prime Ministers create tensions with Japan's Asian neighbors.(Photo by Bruce Meyer/2.0 Images)