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Japanese Cemetery

This page was last reviewed on December 18, 2020.

Japanese Cemetery

Located on Union Road near Cumberland Road, headstones here date back to 1901.

On May 30, 2008, Cumberland’s Japanese cemetery was dedicated as a heritage landmark. On that date a plaque was unveiled that recognized the contribution the site adds to Cumberland’s rich culture and history. The Cemetery was also designated heritage by Cumberland Council in 2008.

Japanese Cemetery Sign

Annual Obon Tour

The annual Vancouver Island Obon Cemetery Tour takes place annually on a Saturday in mid-August. View the Cumberland event calendar for this years date and time.

The Obon visit is sponsored by the BC Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples Federation, a group of temples belonging to the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha denomination of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism. The purpose of the visitation is to pay respect to the many individuals of Japanese heritage who forged their lives on the Island and who have long since passed on. Many of the individuals buried at the cemeteries on Vancouver Island no longer have descendants living nearby and the Obon Cemetery Visitation is our way of acknowledging the pioneers of our country, letting them know that they may be gone, but they are not forgotten.

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