japanese cemetery
Small but active cemetery independent of and fifteen years older than the surrounding Rose City Cemetery. Even in America, Asians are land conservative and pack their dead more closely than other ethnic cemeteries tend to, excepting Jewish, and this cemetery is no exception. Another trait the Japanese share with the Jews is the propensity for carving stones with Japanese script rather than English, ensuring that their grandchildren will be unable to read the epitaphs. Japanese stones exhibit sophisticated Japanese styling, though without as many natural stones here as I’ve seen elsewhere. Portlanders will recognize the Naito name.


At 3743 NE 50th Ave., surrounded on three sides by Rose City Cemetery.
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