Cowra Japanese War Cemetery and Garden – A Place of Remembrance and Reflection

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Located in New South Wales’s Central West region is the town of Cowra. The town is considered to be one of the region’s major transport hubs, and is also one of the older towns of the region. The quaint city is a recommendable destination for a relaxing vacation or retreat, owing to its laidback ambience and unique attractions. A great Cowra hotel Australia to accommodate yourself in is the Country Comfort Cowra, a hotel with many luxury amenities and leisure facilities.

One of the most famous landmarks in Cowra is the Japanese War Cemetery and Garden. Although this cemetery and garden is known for its idyllic lawns and serenity, the Japanese War Cemetary and Garden serve a poignant purpose. During the days of Second World War, Cowra was home to a Prisoner of War camp. On the 5th of August 1944, there was a massive breakout in this prison camp; which is to this day known as the Cowra Breakout. During the breakout, hundreds of Japanese prisoners of war charged out of the camp in a bid to escape. Due to the utter turmoil that ensued, the military was forced to open fire on the escaping prisoners. As many as 500 Japanese prisoners of war were killed that fateful day, and it is order to give these prisoners of war a proper resting place that the Japanese War Cemetery and Garden was built.

The cemetery and the garden spread over 12 acres. Designed by the legendary Ken Nakajima, the gardens are known for its breathtaking scenic beauty. The garden and cemetery were built as places for remembrance and reflection. The beautiful lawns and towering trees give the gardens a mesmerizing and tranquil effect. One of the key landmarks of the gardens is the large black granite monument, which is accompanied by burning incense and flower wreaths. The Cowra Japanese War Cemetery and Garden is a landmark which represents a chapter in the history of Cowra, and is thus worth a visit.

Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.

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