Turning Japanese at the Cemetery Park


The thought of shooting in a cemetery park would be creepy, eerie, and crazy (?!) Well that is quite true for most cemetery parks but there is one which is neither scary nor eerie. It is the Japanese Cemetery Park (日本人墓地公園) located in Chuan Hoe Avenue. This is one of the largest in Southeast Asia with 29,359 square metres and consists of 910 tombstones.

This cemetery park was built to contain the remains of the Japanese community in Singapore, among the community there are young Japanese prostitutes, soldiers, and convicted war criminals executed at Changi Prison. Notable graves of Otokichi — the first Japanese resident of Singapore, Japanese War Memorials, Field Marshal Count Terauchi Hisaichi, Hinomoto Guardian Deity, ‘Harimau’ Tani Yutaka, Futabatei Shimei, Ueyama Kano, Nagano Saneyoshi, and Karayuki-san can be found in the park.

If you walk around the park, you will be able to come across the tomb keeper (2nd generation), Mr Lim Geok Qi, he has been the tomb keeper for many years. I believe if you want to know more about the cemetery park, he is the one to talk to. Like what I said at the start, you will not feel eerie while walking around the park, so have fun shooting and enjoy the peacefulness.

written by bao_wei on 2012-02-22 #places #blue #japanese #location #peace #lca #epr-64 #escape-from-the-city


  1. saysaysay
    saysaysay ·

    I have been here before to shoot too. Never thought I'd say this about a cemetery but it's a pretty incredible place - right in the middle of all those landed properties, and so peaceful. Just felt a strange sense of serenity when I was there.

  2. bao_wei
    bao_wei ·

    Yes it is so peaceful that i don't even know that it is a cemetery.

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