Ambassador Kusaka’s Visit to Cowra

 On the 2nd of May Ambassador Kusaka paid a visit to Cowra, where together with NSW Governor David Hurley he laid wreaths in the Cowra Cemetery in memory of the fallen of both Japan and Australia. After laying the wreaths, Ambassador Kusaka toured the nearby Japanese Garden, where he was able to engage in conversation with Governor Hurley, Cowra City Mayor Bill West, Japanese Garden and Culture Centre CEO Don Kibbler, Cowra RSL Regional Representative Tony Mooney, and many others relevant to Cowra Cemetery.
 The origins of the cemetery lie in an incident that occurred on the 5th of August, 1944 during the Second World War. A number of prisoners being kept in a POW camp in Cowra attempted to escape en masse, leading to casualties on both the Japanese and Australian sides. After the war, the Cemetery has been maintained by the citizens of Cowra. The same citizens later established the Japanese Garden. Nowadays, representatives from both Japan and Australia gather in Cowra on the 5th of August to lay wreaths and together with the citizens of Cowra enjoy tea and meals together in the Japanese Garden, and renew awareness of how this place of friendship between Japan and Australia has become symbolic of the good relationship between both countries.
 The Embassy will continue to expend every effort to further deepen and promote the friendly and co-operative ties that exist between Japan and Australia via the Cowra Cemetery and Japanese Garden, and between Japan and the State of New South Wales.
 
Laying wreaths at the Australian graves
Laying wreaths at the Japanese graves
Memorial Stone to the Japanese Fallen
 
In conversation with
NSW Governor Hurley
Visit to the Japanese Garden
 
In conversation with people
interested in the cemetery