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This is the annual Mitama Festival held at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. During this four day festival held in mid July more than 29,000 paper lanterns adorn the grounds of the shrine. These lanterns are dedicated to the nearly 2.5 million war dead who are enshrined at Yasakuni, which include thirteen World War II class A war criminals. Mitama litterally means "dead soul" in Japanese..
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This is the annual Mitama Festival held at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. During this four day festival held in mid July more than 29,000 paper lanterns adorn the grounds of the shrine. These lanterns are dedicated to the nearly 2.5 million war dead who are enshrined at Yasakuni, which include thirteen World War II class A war criminals. Mitama litterally means "dead soul" in Japanese..