In my recent trip to Japan, I had the fortune (or not, depends what you think) to see Yasakuni Shrine on August 15th. If you didn't put together the fact that it is a monument to fallen Japanese soldiers and the end of World War two, there you go. I woke up that morning in my hotel, the Kojimachi Kaikan, and turned on the TV, to find coverage starting on the Prime Ministers trip to the shrine on most every channel, and could see the helicopters covering the trip outside my window, and could also see the official residence of the Prime Minister. I decided that after breakfast, I would run down there to see it, as from TV, it looked crazy. I got there, and it was packed. I was there to see the mass crowds, and it proved quite a spectacle. There was a group of vets from a unit with the hats that they wore to during WWII.
As I was leaving the ground, I was shocked to see a man, dressed up in something resembling a uniform, waving a large flag of the rising sun and the one of the WWII era also, with a Hitler Salute. Rather shocking.