Modern and traditional takes on the transient nature of life?
In the age-old battle for hearts and minds, both of them were touting eternal life of some description. Or at the very least the potential for it. But despite countless passers-by, no offerings were made, and the offer of a free bible wasn’t pursued.
So all in all an uneventful draw. A result that the men involved presumably deemed a spiritual failure. As an intriguing spectacle, on the other hand, it was a suitably awkward success.
Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine is a divisive place of worship at the best of times, but on August 15th, the anniversary of Japan’s World War II surrender, it’s an element that is even more pronounced. The vast majority of people are there for the right reason — to simply remember the past. The very noticeable contingent from the far right, however, are there to revere it. And some, quite possibly, are somewhere in-between.