Instagram user @idiot_and_kosong  poses under the bougainvillea  archways at the Japanese Cemetery Park in Singapore. Photo: Instagram / @idiot_and_kosong
Instagram user @idiot_and_kosong poses under the bougainvillea archways at the Japanese Cemetery Park in Singapore. Photo: Instagram / @idiot_and_kosong
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Stunning Singapore Instagram spot with ‘cherry blossom’ archways exposes the city state’s troubled past with the Japanese

  • Dating back to 1891, the Japanese Cemetery Park in Hougang contains more than 900 tombstones laid out in neat grey, white and sepia rows
  • Over half the graves belong to prostitutes trafficked from rural Japan, while memorials for individuals who died during World War II are kept discreet

Instagram user @idiot_and_kosong  poses under the bougainvillea  archways at the Japanese Cemetery Park in Singapore. Photo: Instagram / @idiot_and_kosong
Instagram user @idiot_and_kosong poses under the bougainvillea archways at the Japanese Cemetery Park in Singapore. Photo: Instagram / @idiot_and_kosong

Corrected [6:00pm, 2 Oct, 2022]

  • [6:00pm, 2 Oct, 2022]

    This article was updated to make it clear that the flowers found in the park are bougainvilleas, not the type of cherry blossoms found in Japan. Also, details about the life and death of Yamamoto Otokichi have been corrected.

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