Yasukuni Jinga

Another popular cherry blossom festival (matsuri) in Tokyo was held in Yasukuni Jinga (Shrine) called the Chiyoda-no-Sakura Matsuri.

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The festival period varies depending on cherry flowering period and it was held from March 26 to April 4 this year.

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Inside the shrine grounds, there were many cherry blossom tree viewing drinking parties called hanami.

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The origin of Yasukuni Shrine is Shokonsha established at Kudan in Tokyo in the second year of the Meiji era (1869) by the will of the Emperor Meiji. In 1879, it was renamed Yasukuni Shrine.

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5 million people visit the shrine every year since it is known as a central institution for commemorating those who died in wars, with more than 2,466,000 enshrined divinities.

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Yushukan is a museum for the enshrined divinities of Yasukuni Shrine with displays of historically important wills and relics, with 100,000 articles including many pieces of paintings, works of art, armors and weapons.  Entrance fee is 800 yen.

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Nearby, the Chidorigafuchi moat also offered many cherry blossoms to enjoy by foot or by paddle boat.

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