The Foreigners' Cemetery, Yamate Bluff, Yokohama, Japan, a photo by ilcavaliereinglese on Flickr.
The Foreigners' Cemetery, Yamate Bluff, Yokohama, Japan
In the years leading up to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Europeans and Americans were allowed to live in the small port of Yokohama where they established trade links between their home countries and Japan. Many , such as Mr William Aspinall, a Liverpool tea trader who set up the Cornes Company with Frederick Cornes of Macclesfield, Cheshire, are buried at this cemetery on the Yamate Bluff, a hill overlooking the city.
It is good to know that these early foreign residents of Yokohama who loved Yokohama enough to choose it as their final resting place sleep undisturbed and their burial plots cared for by their Japanese hosts. My respect for the Japanese in maintaining this prime piece of real-estate for those who remain here is symbolic of the Japanese character where "honor" reigns supreme.
Photograph by ilcavaliereinglese