YCAPS and JUMP members tour the Admiral Togo Shrine
Members of JUMP and the Yokuska Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) toured the Toga Shrine in Tokyo for a recent event co-sponsored by JUMP. The November 4 tour was arranged by Captain Keizo Kitagawa of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and included a visit to the nearby Suikokai Club.
YCAPS aims to promote the study of strategic, diplomatic, and legal issues affecting the Asia-Pacific Region. In January 2017, JUMP announced its formal partnership with YCAPS. The partnership helps JUMP to extend its outreach to service members in Japan.
Togo Shrine, located in Meiji Jinju, is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Admiral Heihachiro Togo. The tour attendees received an introduction to the life of Admiral Togo, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest admirals. Admiral Togo is famous for destroying the Russian Baltic Fleet in 1905 during the Russo-Japanese War, eventually leading to Japan’s victory. The tour also included time to enjoy the shrine’s beautiful gardens.
During a bento lunch at the Suikokai Club, Haruo Adachi, executive director of Togokai, briefed the group on Admiral Togo and the history of Togo Shrine. After lunch, Rear Admiral Anzai (JMSDF, retired), managing director of Suikokai, gave a brief on the history and activities of the organization. Suikokai is an organization dedicated to conducting research, supporting the JMSDF and honoring those who have served Japan at sea.
To read more about this outing, visit the YCAPS website.