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Main entrance to Aoyama Cemetery during cherry blossom season in early April. Gaienmae Station (Ginza/Hanzomon Line) and Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda Line) are the closest subway stations.
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Aoyama Cemetery office near the main entrance where you can obtain a map of the cemetery and ask where particular people are buried. The maps they provide do not show where the most famous people are (such as prime ministers).
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Main thoroughfare, lined with cherry trees, cuts through the middle of the cemetery where cars whiz by. Quite irritating.
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Cherry blossom tunnel at Aoyama Cemetery.
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Aoyama Cemetery is one of Tokyo's noted spots for cherry blossoms. However, having hanami picnics is not allowed.
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Cherry blossoms are so fleeting. They last for only a short time, like life itself. And so cherry blossoms are often found at cemetaries in Japan.
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These trees stood out.
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Cherry blossoms and graves.
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Aoyama Cemetery map. Quite complicated system to find grave plots.
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Signs tell you where you are. Quite bewildering mapping system.
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Aoyama Cemetery has over 123,000 graves occupying 125,000 square meters within the cemetery land area of 263,564 sq. meters.
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This is the Foreigner's Cemetery where many foreigners who helped to modernize Japan are buried.
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A monument erected in March 2007 by Tokyo Governor Ishihara Shintaro in appreciation of the foreigners who helped build Japan.
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List of foreigners buried in this Foreigner's Cemetery. Note that there also other foreigners buried in other parts of Aoyama Cemetery.
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Foreigner's Cemetery 外国人墓地
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Foreigner's Cemetery 外国人墓地
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Grave of Edoardo Chiossone (1833-1898), an Italian who introduced printing technology (for money and stamps) to Japan. He loved Japan and amassed a huge collection of Japanese art, especially woodblock prints. The collection is donated to a Genova museum.
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Gravestone of Edoardo Chiossone
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Grave of Joseph Heco who was born Japanese (as Hamada Hikozo) but naturalized as a US citizen.
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Grave of Joseph Heco
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Grave of the family of Robert Walker Irwin (1844-1925), Hawaiian Minister to Japan. (Iron gate has since been removed.)
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Graves of the family of Robert Walker Irwin (1844-1925), Hawaiian Minister to Japan.
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Grave of Robert Walker Irwin (1844-1925), Hawaiian Minister to Japan and his Japanese wife Iki. Eldest child Bella Irwin is also buried here.
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Gravestone of Robert Walker Irwin (1844-1925), Hawaiian Minister to Japan and his Japanese wife Iki.
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Grave of Robert Walker Irwin Jr. (Robert Walker Irwin's first son) and his first wife Fusako.
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Grave of Richard Irwin (Robert Walker Irwin's second son) and his son Takeo and daughter Yukiko Irwin.
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Grave of Mary Irwin (Robert Walker Irwin's second daughter).
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Grave of Tsuneko Irwin second wife of Robert Walker Irwin Jr. and her son John.
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Grave of Tsuneko Irwin second wife of Robert Walker Irwin Jr. and her son John.
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This stone monument gives the biography of Robert Walker. His birthdate, descendant of Benjamin Franklin, his move to Japan, companies he worked for in Japan including Mitsui Bussan, supervision of the immigration to Hawaii,founding of the Taiwan Sugar Co., and the decorations he received from the Japanese government. Died in 1925 at age 81.

ロベルト・ウォルカー・アルウインは米国費府
の住民にして西暦千八百四十四年一月七日
に生まれベンジャミン・フランクリンの後裔也
慶應二年十一月来朝し海外貿易又は日本海
運の開発誘導に貢献するところ頗る多く三
井物産会社其他に勤務し後ち日本駐劄布哇
国公使に就任して日本移民の布哇渡航を企
画成功す蓋し之れ日本移民海外発展の基と
なれるものにして実に日本移民事業の開祖
たり明治三十三年台湾製糖株式会社の創立
発起人となり日本糖業の為めに尽くすとこ
ろ又尠なからす勲一等に叙せられ瑞鳳章を
賜ひ後ち又旭日大綬章を賜ふ大正十四年一
月五日永眠す行年八十一才也
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Monument dedicated to Bella, built by the Irwin Gakuen (formerly Gyokusei Gakuen) alumni association (Gyokusei-kai) for the school's 70th anniversary in Nov. 1985.The bottom has a bio of Bella.
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This originally was for grave visitors to leave their business cards, but it does not work. (As of this writing, there is no receptacle to collect the cards.)
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Graves of Robert Walker Irwin (rear, on the right) and his family. (Old photos of the graves.)
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Grave of loyal dog Hachiko and his master, Professor Ueno.
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Grave of Yoshida Shigeru, Japan's first postwar prime minister.
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Grave of Yoshida Shigeru 吉田茂の墓
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An unkept grave.
     
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