Pilgrim tour in Papua ; sarmi, wakde, genyem, jayapura, kota baru, biak, manokwari sorong.
Ceremony in Kota Baru – Jayapura City – Papua
Japanese Monument in Sarmi
In the village Kuase, Genyem are found skeletons and war equipment and cookware, one near the home of Mr. Martin. In these places often Japanese people come on pilgrimages and prayers to commemorate the families of those killed.
In April 1998, a Japanese student who was studying at the University of Indonesia was named “Rei Makoto Okawa” Genyem visited and met with Mr. Martin (one who collects the framework of Japanese soldiers and some cooking utensils and equipment of war and stacked in one corner of the house, a wooden stake, and that’s where a lot of Japanese people who visit and pray to commemorate the spirit of their family.
Until then, the government of Jayapura yet know the exact place, new in 2006, Head of Tourism, Arts and Culture Jayapura, who is also one of the sons born Genyem, get information about the place. At a meeting between the community, Local government, represented by Alexander Griapon of Tourism office as Head of Jayapura district, agreed to build a monument in the area to commemorate the deaths of Japanese soldiers, and also to provide a place for people Japanese people who want to make pilgrimages and prayers to the commemorate the families of those killed. Finally, through the Special Autonomy Fund Jayapura in 2009 built the monument (approximately 4 x 6 m) is called the “Monument of World War II, the Japanese Army.
On the monument there is an inscription that reads:
“This memorial is dedicated to the people of japan and to the brave and courageous soldiers of the Japanese Imperial Army who lost their lives during the world war II on this land in 1943 and 1944. It was on this spot on April 30th 1944 that Major General Masazumi Inada assembled 7220 Troops of the Japan imperial army for a 125 mile long march westward to Sarmi-wakde in retreat againts the advancing allied forces. Of the 7220 soldiers who were gathered here to start the walk, only 500 soldiers arrived in Sarmi Major generals with Masazumi Inada on May 17th 1944. More than 6700 winner! Troops and were buried between here and Sarmi. This war memorial stands here in remembrance to all those who lost their lives and on this land during the world war II campaign and also as a symbol of world peace. MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PEACE.