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Bikini Protest at Yasukuni Shrine

A Chinese protester chooses a controversial spot to show a message and a fair bit of skin

08·24·2015

Bikini Protest at Yasukuni Shrine

A Chinese protester chooses a controversial spot to show a message and a fair bit of skin

08·24·2015

While China intensifies its preparation for the upcoming military parade celebrating 70th anniversary of anti-Japanese War’s victory, a young Chinese woman in Japan has decided to put on her own parade of sorts.

The girl, Guo Yiran (郭忆然), uploaded online her bikini photos taken at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japanese war dead, including some accused war criminals. Every time a Japanese leader worships there it sparks disputes between Japan and both China and South Korea. Most recently, a visit from Prime Minister Abe’s wife angered China.

In the pictures, she holds several signs, one of which claims that some islands, known in China as the Diaoyu Islands (钓鱼岛) and in Japan as the Senkaku Islands (尖阁诸岛) are a Chinese territory, a long running  territorial dispute between Japan and China. The woman, Guo, claimed her message was one of peace.

According to Chinese media on Thursday, she wanted to spread patriotic feelings to both Chinese and Japanese people and to remind both that recollecting the past history is not to keep hatred in people’s minds, but to cherish peace. Media report says she studies abroad in Japan to learn art and this bikini photo is a form of artistic expression. Some Chinese people praised her as “the most beautiful peace ambassador”.

Most however, were pretty critical of her protest, both in China and Japan. Given the fact there is also a Chinese model with the same name, some argued she was doing the performance as a form of self-promotion.

 

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