Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery, Chiyoda

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Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery is a national Japanese cemetery and memorial for 352,297 unidentified war dead of the Second World War, located near the outer moat of the Imperial Palace and Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.OverviewThe recovery of remains from the Pacific War presented an unprecedented problem for the Japanese government, as some soldiers could not be identified due to harsh battlefield conditions, and the families of others had perished in the extensive air raids on Japan and atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1952, the recovery committee began storing human remains in the offices of the Ministry of Welfare while it sought a more permanent structure to house and honor the dead. In 1953 the Cabinet of the Prime Minister ordered a "tomb of the unknown soldier" constructed, the site was purchased in 1956, and it was completed in March 1959. It is a public institution and is infrequently visited by the Emperor and Prime Minister.The cemetery is sometimes mentioned in connection with the Yasukuni Shrine debate, but Chidorigafuchi serves a separate purpose. The cemetery houses the actual remains of unidentified soldiers, in place of the usual family grave. Yasukuni Shrine is a privately run facility which honors not only unidentified soldiers from the Pacific War but all people who died for the sake of the country. However, in 2006 a Liberal Democratic Party leader proposed that the cemetery be expanded so that it might honor all war dead in a way akin to Arlington National Cemetery.
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  • Nagasaki Atomic bomb falling Central monument as well as significant, I think. No need to head down to the strange idols in very sensitive. You can think that the Veterans genuinely here. Close to the Imperial Palace and chidorigafuchi is known to the public that might be important. I think you mean direction of the temple turns on the side of the Imperial Palace and it's great. Yuban urn was given from Emperor Hirohito said.
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  • The remains are enshrined serviceman who died in foreign countries and members of the public. But Coco is not grave. There are only remains "temporary storage" of the position. It is a "Tomb" is next to Yasukuni Shrine in. But the Emperor is not Yasukuni Shrine, come to this cemetery. Visit to close-en, I also put together a hand in this graveyard. A quiet person and when I was.
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  • Cherry blossoms in full bloom at large was a solemn atmosphere, just across the bustling chidorigafuchi moat and the way one corner. Was located and prayed from a certified killed remains unknown relatives become stone, went back, missing relatives remains... is enshrined here, beforehand. In the large stone in the Middle after the remains were collected under the paving stones of the Rokkaku in coffin (shaped like a sarcophagus of ancient kings) in it is enshrined. Single mum (100 yen) him, walked around the temple, but certainly felt something.
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  • Quiet and peaceful. Pays tribute to international lives lost as well. Seems you can pay for flowers if you want to pay respect. Has toilet facilities including accessible one. Right beside chigorigabuchi. Had a indoor rest area and parking lot.
  • Cool and calm. It's good place to spend time for self.
  • It is not widely known, but know in the news, I visited. In the garden so beautiful seasonal plants were planted, the chirping of birds. Has laid the flowers (Chrysanthemum flower ¥ 100), hands together, why do tears. Is coming here after World War II the remains collected were sleeping. People who were once these indescribable feelings thought and whether or not come in peace. At the rest area also exhibits artifacts and deeply thought-provoking.
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  • Visited last year, we have laid a wreath. Now Japan's prosperity is thanks to the many people lives in previous wars, fought, I think. Identity is not understood here, no one has claimed many veterans who are asleep. As a person to enjoy the favor as many Japanese people now live as whats we laid a wreath in the family.
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  • Because it remains yield picked group of veterans returning from Siberia, received a call from the Ministry of health, attended a memorial service for the father. I think wants to go to Siberia where's father-in-law died.
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