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Everyone Welcome at Obon Japanese Cemetery Ceremony

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The contributions of Japanese-Canadians in Cumberland and in BC are being celebrated and honoured in Cumberland this month. As part of its annual cemetery visitation tour, The BC Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples Federation will be visiting the Cumberland Japanese Cemetery to pay respect to the many individuals of Japanese heritage who forged their lives in Cumberland and have long since passed on.

The BC Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples Federation welcomes all community members to participate in paying tribute to those who have gone before us. By welcoming people from all cultural heritage and faith denominations, the Federation seeks to foster fellowship and understanding.

Join the tour at the Cumberland Japanese Cemetery on Union Road on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. The tour also visits cemeteries in Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Chemainus, Duncan and Victoria.

The Japanese Cemetery and the historic No. 1 Japanese town site, located in Cumberland’s Coal Creek Historic Park, are also being nominated as a British Columbia Japanese-Canadian Historic Place by the Village of Cumberland. This recognition celebrates BC’s diversity and recognizes the contributions of Japanese-Canadians in BC to the prosperity and diversity of the province. The nomination is supported by some descendants of the historic Cumberland Japanese community and by the Cumberland Museum and Archives. In 1942, the thirty-one families of Japanese descent that lived at the No. 1 town site were interned in camps in the BC interior.

Memorial service for solider killed in WWI for Canada. An altar is erected in the cemetery. Portrait on left shows man in WWI British/ Canadian uniform. Statement written below states: "roll of honour 1914-1918."(C140-003 Cumberland Museum and Archives)

Memorial service for solider killed in WWI for Canada. An altar is erected in the cemetery. Portrait on left shows man in WWI British/ Canadian uniform. Statement written below states: “roll of honour 1914-1918.”(C140-003 Cumberland Museum and Archives)

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