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Beyond the Mushroom CloudCommemoration, Religion, and Responsibility after Hiroshima$
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Yuki Miyamoto

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240500

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240500.001.0001

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Dialogue with the Dead

Dialogue with the Dead

The Yasukuni Shinto Shrine and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

(p.47) 2 Dialogue with the Dead
Beyond the Mushroom Cloud

Yuki Miyamoto

Fordham University Press

War memory, especially the one fought under the name of nation-states, serve to the foundation of national memory that binds a nation of people together. With this chapter's interlocutor, Buddhist phiilosopher Sueki Fumihiko, this chapter compares the commemoration of the two institutions—a museum affiliated with the Yasukuni Shinto shrine and a museum affiliated with the city of Hiroshima. Both extending and critiquing Sueki's argument, I contend that the Hiroshima commemoration, as opposed to that of Yasukuni, embodies a “dialogue with the dead”—not a monologue that glorifies death for the sake of affirming nationalistic sentiments, but rather a practice of interpretation of the bombing that crosses nation-state boundaries.

Keywords:   Dialogue with the Dead, Yasukuni, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Sueki Fumihiko, Transethics, Yūshūkan

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