May 2015


The German Oak in the Yasukuni Shrine

Thursday 07.05.2015 10:00 AM | Saal

Admission: free

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V. & Korea-Verband e.V.


Within the framework of the Banned Images - Control and Censorship in East Asian Democracies exhibition (April 18 - June 14, 2015), the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN invites you to the conference The German Oak in the Yasukuni Shrine - a co-operation with the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V. and the Korea-Verband e.V.

This event will be held in German, Korean and Japanese (with interpreters).
For more information about the program, please visit our German language page.


  • 10:00 AM Introduction | Paul Räther, Werkstatt der Kulturen; YOO Jae-Hyun, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V.;  YAJIMA Tsukasa, KOREA-VERBAND e.V.
  • 10:05 AM The Souls of Heroes in the Yasukuni Shrine – From Concription to Forced Enshrinement | Documentary: "Annyong Sayonara“ by KATO Kumiko and KIM Tae-il
    (South Korea/Japan 2005, 110 Min.) | Language: Korean / Japanese with English Subtitles
  • 12:00 PM Talk with witnesses from Korea and Japan: SUGIWARA Ryûken and LEE Hee-Ja
    Presenter: YAJIMA Tsukasa (KOREA-VERBAND e.V.)
  • 2:00 PM The Yasukuni Shrine in Art
    with HONG Sung-Dam (Artist) | Moderation: YOO Jae-Hyun (nGbK)
  • 3:00 PM Germany and the Yasukuni Shrine
    Presenter: Hartmut ALBRUSCHAT (Deutsche Ostasien Mission, DOAM)
    ZUSHI Minoru (National Christian Council in Japan, NCCJ)
  • 3:30 PM Yasukuni and the Politics of Guilt
    Presenter: Hartmut ALBRUSCHAT (Deutsche Ostasien Mission, DOAM)
    Prof. LEE Chae-Sun (Keon Guk University)
  • 5:30 PM What does Yasukuni have to do with Europe?
    Presenter: Sven HANSEN (taz)
    Introduction: Prof. SUH Sung (Ritsumeikan Universität Kyoto)
    Panelists: Prof. KIDO Eiichi (University of Osaka) | Sylvia KOTTING-UHL (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Chair of the German-Japanese Parlimentary Group) | Tobias PFLÜGER (Vice Chair of DIE LINKE)
  • 7:45 PM Closing Words | HAN Nataly Jung-Hwa (Chair of KOREA-VERBAND e.V.)

The Yasukuni Shrine (Pacifying the Nation) is situated in Tokyo. The Shrine commemorates the fallen from the armed forces. Alongside war criminals, more than 50,000 conscripts from former colonies are honoured here against the will of their relatives. Official visits by members of the Japanese Government therefore cause outrage in the neighbouring countries of China, North and South Korea and Taiwan.

The conference will concern itself with this long-standing conflict, discussing, among other issues, why Germany shies away from taking a clear stance, or even makes a dubious contribution of its own in the form of gestures and gifts.