August 8, 2014
From the trip Fred Hagstrom and I took in July to the Kimberley in Western Australia.
In the town of Broome, on the northwest coast, there is a history of Japanese living and working in the pearl industry. The Japanese Cemetery in the town has over 900 people buried there. Many died in diving accidents and a large number were killed in three separate cyclones to hit the coastal region over the years. The Japanese lived in Broome in the last half of the 19th century up to World War II. After the Pearl Harbor attack the Japanese in Australia were rounded up and confined to internment camps. They never returned to Broome. This cemetery was restored in 1983 with money donated by Ryoichi Sasakawa, Chairman of the Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation and the endeavors of Japanese Parliament Senator Kazuo Tamaki. Many of the headstones are made of colored beach rocks from the area.
Other photos show our various camps along the trip through the Kimberley- we decided to sleep out under the stars in most of the spots. At three of the stops we had semi-permanent tents to sleep in, two are shown here. At the Purnululu National Park (where we saw the formations known as the Bungle Bungles) the Kimberley Wild Expeditions group we traveled with had a permanent camp set up for the groups. They had constructed amazing architectural structures for the common eating and cooking area and the toilet/shower. Very luxurious for a camping spot. And we started out and ended the trip at The Courthouse bed & breakfast in Broome, another amazing structure, this one designed and built by our host Shane and his late wife.
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