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Dialogue with the Dead

Yuki Miyamoto

in Beyond the Mushroom Cloud

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780823240500
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240548 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823240500.003.0003

Series: Bordering Religions

Dialogue with the Dead

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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

Chapter.  12651 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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