Who’s Buried at Cowra Japanese War Cemetery: The first Japanese POW, Tadao Minami

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.

Australia’s first World Peace Bell

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.

Cowra celebrates Japan: report from the 2019 Festival of International Understanding

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.

On the back of a Hilux: how the World Peace Bell arrived in Cowra

The story behind how Cowra became the home of Australia's first World Peace Bell in 1992 involves serendipity as much as perseverance and hard work according to Rod Blume, former mayor of Cowra (1991-1994).

Cowra Voices project launched with successful student visit to Cowra

The first stage of Cowra Voices Project -- a visit to Cowra with design students from Japan -- was a resounding success, and the project facilitators are already moving onto the second stage, preparing to record interviews, seeking more funding, and beginning the serious work of designing the app.

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