Bruce Meyer-Kenny

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ELEVEN OF SIXTEEN FOR PHOTOESSAY YAUSKUNI SHRINE BY BRUCE MEYER..The crew of a portable shinto shrine bounce a mikoshi to awaken and please a 'kami' or deity that it contains during the Mitama Matsuri festival held to commerate the Japanese war dead on July 16 2006 at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo...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).........