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Military Museum Yushukan

Yusukan Museum tells about the military history of Japan. It is located in the heart of Chiyoda district right next to the Shinto Shrine Yasukuni Shrine, founded by Emperor Meiji in 1869. Yasukuni is a place that even by Japanese and their closest neighbours is perceived in different ways. On the one hand, it is a memorial, erected in memory of the fallen soldiers. "Yasukuni Shrine" in Japanese - "peaceful country", a place where the souls of the dead found peace. On the other hand, it is believed that in the memorial list contains the names of war criminals. Because of this, at the time Emperor Hirohito for nearly twenty years, as well as some Prime Ministers of Japan refused to visit Yasukuni. The sanctuary has even caused a diplomatic crisis between Japan and China.

Yusukan Museum was founded in 1882 to preserve evidence about the strength and power of the Imperial Japanese army, created during the Meiji restoration. Like many buildings in Tokyo, Uskan were destroyed during the Kanto earthquake of 1 September 1923. Rebuilt, it took the visitors in 1932.

Initially, the main exposition of the Museum was dedicated to the Japanese-Chinese war of 1894-1895 and the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905. Joined the funds Usukane and the First world war, and during the Second world war were exhibited in the samples of Japanese weapons. From 1945 to 1980, the Museum and did it was closed.

The Museum is often criticized because of its exposure to glorify the heroes of war, but nothing tells of the tragic fate of civilians.

Now the documents and exhibits are on two floors. The first is the hall of fame with photos and letters of dead soldiers. The second floor is reserved for a story about all the wars involving Japan. Russo-Japanese war, two halls are dedicated to. In the Museum you can see Japanese military equipment, including planes, tanks and artillery.

The Museum holds regular exhibitions, a gift shop and café. At the end of June and December Zukan closed for a few days.