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ceramic coffin at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery

A photography guide to Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery

“Having walked through times when there was no such great war, My thoughts go out to the people who had lived through those days of cruel hardship.” This poem is on a stone tablet in the courtyard of Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery.  In 2005, Emperor Akihito wrote it to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Pacific …

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3 men under large torii gate praying before Showa Emperor tomb at Musashi Imperial Graveyard

The best photo guide to Musashi Imperial Graveyard

Musashi Imperial Graveyard is great for photographers who enjoy Japanese royal family history.  This cemetery is the resting place of two Japanese emperors, Showa and Taisho, and their wives. Their tombs lie in a forest filled with giant trees.  It is perfect for photos. The Musashi Imperial Graveyard is in the hills of Hachioji City, …

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Tokorozawa Aviation Museum exhibit floor

Tokorozawa Aviation Museum – Japan’s history of flight

Japanese aviation started in Tokorozawa, Saitama prefecture.  And today, the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum sits in that exact location.  It tells the story of the country’s connection with flight.  This place is a mini-mecca for lovers of aircraft.  The exhibits are excellent and worth seeing for anyone interested in the subject. The museum is well-thought-out with …

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