Japanese Grave Markers Through the Years

Over the years, the Japanese grave markers in the Auburn Pioneer Cemetery have evolved from simple wooden posts or concrete markers to much more elaborate tombstones. The older grave stones are inscribed in traditional kanji characters while those placed after World War II are usually inscribed in English.

The slideshow below illustrates this evolution, showing examples of representative markers that have been erected over the decades.

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