The Cowra Prisoner of War Camp as described in Tom Keneally’s novel “Shame and the Captives”, is long gone. But the town still has a well-tended cemetery where Japanese prisoners of war, who died in Australia, are buried.
A special relationship between the town of Cowra and Japan was cemented with the opening of Cowra Japanese Garden in 1979. Built by Ken Nakajima, a famous Japanese garden designer, the garden has typical Japanese plants like cherry and maple against a background of the Australian bush. It also has beautiful ponds filled with carp.
A Sakura Festival is held in the garden on the last weekend of September, when the cherry trees are in flower. Visitors to the festival can enjoy traditional Japanese music, tea ceremony and a bonsai display.