On Saturday, August 3, 2019, Cowra Voices storytelling app was launched in Cowra as part of the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Cowra Breakout, and is now available from the App Store or Google Play
August 5, 1944 was the fateful day of the Cowra Breakout when around 1000 Japanese POWs escaped using makeshift weapons, ending in the deaths of 234 people including 4 Australian guards.
The Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre is one of the main attractions in Cowra, and is a symbol of the deep and enduring friendship the people of Cowra share with the people of Japan.
The Cowra Voices app is now in its final stage of development after the intensive and extensive testing conducted in Cowra in late June.
POWs, airmen or military personnel are not the only people buried at Cowra Japanese War Cemetery. Civilian internees who died on Australian soil during the Pacific War are also buried in Cowra.
Tadao Minami is perhaps the most well known of all the prisoners of war buried at the Cowra Japanese War Cemetery. He was the first Japanese POW to be captured in Australia.
Cowra Japanese War Cemetery was where the peace and reconciliation story between Cowra and Japanese people began.
The World Peace Bell is a symbol of hope for world peace. Cowra's Peace Bell is Australia's first, and the only bell presented to a small town in recognition of Cowra's unique story of peace and reconciliation.
Sakura Avenue is a cherry tree planting initiative that links Cowra children to people in Japan.
This week, Cowra's own Lawrance Ryan recorded the narration for the Cowra Voices app at the ABC Central West studios in Orange, concluding all the audio recordings for the storytelling app.
The annual Cowra Festival of International Understanding held between March 15th - 17th, 2019 celebrated Japan as its guest nation. Japan was the first official guest nation in 1966, and is the only country in the world to be the guest twice.