Gokoku Shrine

Gokoku Shrine, Sendai

Gokoku Shrine
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3.5
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Geoviki
Denver, Colorado388 contributions
Colorful
May 2018 • Couples
I was unaware of its military significance when we visited. We basically stumbled across it while visiting the nearby Sendai Castle grounds - this shrine is adjacent to it. There's a museum part, but we were there after it had closed for the day. Since it's so colorful, I just spent the time taking pictures.
Written June 27, 2018
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Chuzaa
Vancouver, Canada3,514 contributions
The Gokoku-Jinja Shrine of Miyagi Prefecture
Apr 2017 • Couples
“Gokoku” means “guarding the nation (Japan).” They were created in the late-19th century and onward all over Japan first to enshrine the soldiers who were dead in the civil wars towards the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Later, the Japanese soldiers and the war-related dead in the external wars were also enshrined at the Gokoku Jinja Shrine. Most recently they have been also accepting the spirits of the police officers and firefighters who died on duty. Almost all prefectures across Japan has their own Gokoku Jinja shrines and this one is for the prefecture of Miyagi.

If and when you pray at any of the Gokoku Jinja shrines, including this one, you are praying mainly for the former Japanese soldiers from the late-19th to the mid-20th century. The Gokoku-Jinja shrines are really for the Japanese nationals.

It occupies the central section of the former main keep of the Sendai (Aoba) Castle site.
Written May 14, 2017
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AkKobayashi
Sendai, Japan4 contributions
Shrine to Defend Japan
May 2014 • Friends
This Shinto shrine was built to "defend the country", and was a target of worship by military personnel. The gods of the shrine are important leaders that died in war, which is why the place can be politically controversial. It's an important historical sight in Sendai and I often show it to foreigners who come to visit.
Written October 21, 2014
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