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FIFTEEN OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..A shrine maiden passes in front of the main shrine buliding during preparations for the New Years celebrations Dec 29 2004...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)