TokyoStreetView: Yasukuni Shrine (4K VIDEO)
From the Editor:
On the tech side of our original video coverage, there's nothing better than the IREX international robotics trade show, or if cars are your thing, the DRiFTWiRED music video shot in the mountains of Tochigi is one of a kind, but we also share more contemplative, day to day slices of Japanese life. In the vein of the latter, we hope you enjoy this beautiful 4K collection (don't forget to dial up the YouTube resolution!).
Founded in 1869 by Emperor Meiji, the Yasukuni Shrine is unfortunately known by many outside Japan as a center of controversy. Nevertheless, the Yasukuni Shrine is one of Japan’s most famous, and it is dedicated to anyone - Japanese or not, soldier or not - who lost their life while serving Japan. Also controversial for some is the presence of the Yushukan museum that commemorates and documents Japan’s past wars, something that’s probably not of much interest for most tourists visiting the place.
That being said, though modest in size, Yasukuni is nonetheless an impressive shrine. Once a year, the grounds host a fantastic festival called the Mitama Matsuri, featuring around 30,000 lanterns (mitama). Additionally, far from any serious concerns, Yasukuni also features a nice little pond populated by an abundance of koi fish that many people seem to ignore. Located just behind the main shrine, it’s a perfect spot for anyone who’s looking for some well-earned rest and peace in the sleepless city that is Tokyo.
From the Contributor:
Beautiful Japan; a Love Story.
Japan is a world apart from everything you know. It’s a place like no other, built on centuries of tradition and unrivaled attention to detail. Japan is a cultural Galapagos out of reach for many, and it often remains an untouched mystery even for the lucky few who’ve come to call it their home.
A True Contemplative Experience.
TokyoStreetView is born of a passion for life in Japan, and the series aims to offer others around the world a chance to enjoy a bias-free experience of its many wonders. Unlike other videos you may find on Japan, TokyoStreetView’s are purely contemplative: our camera(s) are your eyes and our tripod is your chair, just sit with us, relax, and let an amazing world unfold in front of you in a succession of short ~10-second sequences of RAW 4K video.
We hope our passion for this mesmerizing country will touch your heart, and, through our videos, you’ll feel some of the wonder we held from the first day we set foot on this beautiful archipelago.