The poppy has moved from a reminder of the futility of war, to bordering on a somber celebration of the act of sacrifice for Britain. That’s wrong.
The Yasukuni Shrine memorializes Japan’s war dead, including WWII-era war criminals. For this reason, it has always been a controversial memory site. A much greater problem than the shrine itself, however, is the revisionist museum attached to it.
Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and Japan’s Hiroshima Peace Park are surprisingly similar, both in the message they deliver and the architectural means through which they do so. They portray a clear narrative of progression from darkness to light. But history is more complicated than that.