Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Remembering the end of WWII

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to design pg. 1 of the newspaper. And being the 64th anniversary of the end of World War II, the lede story was pretty much set, making for an easy day.
Remembering the anniversary, or 終戦記念日, were a number of Japanese and politicians and leaders, including Prime Minister Taro Aso and the Emperor and Empress. Other more audacious politicians attended a ritual ceremony commemorating the loss of millions in the war at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. Here are a few words gleaned from the news reports:

The anniversary of the end of the war

皇后 (こうごう):
The Empress

The war dead

戦没記念碑 (せんぼつきねんひ):
War memorial

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