Japanese Cemetery Park Urges People Not to Hunt for Pokemon at the Premises


We’ve always been taught to do the right things at the right time.

And I’m not saying that we’ve moved backwards as a society, but maybe sometimes we just need a little reminder.

A few days ago, Instagram account @publicnoticesg shared this image of a notice put up outside the Japanese Cemetery Park in Hougang.

The notice asks for Pokemon Go players to respect the deceased and refrain from entering the cemetery to catch Pokemons at its Pokestop.

Yes, Pokemon Go’s still a thing. No wonder I’ve been seeing so many uncles and aunties gather at my void deck.

Although it is a new post, it seems like the notice was put up some time ago.

Pokemon Go

Unfortunately, this is not the first time a Pokestop has been placed in a culturally and historically sensitive place.

Previously, there were Pokestops at areas such as Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial park in Japan, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as Auschwitz in Poland, a former concentration camp for Jews during the Holocaust.

The developer later took these Pokestops down after complaints from the public.

Although it has not been said whether or not the Pokestop in the Japanese Cemetery Park will be removed, it is safe to say that the management would like the public to not frequent the Pokestop at all.

And even though there have been questionable decisions made by the game developers, Pokestops definitely aren’t all bad.

In fact, the Singapore Tourism Board partnered with the game’s developer to generate 300 more Pokestops around the island so as to boost local tourism.

Japanese Cemetery Park

Initially built by three brothel-keepers in 1891, the cemetery was often used for burials for karayuki-san, Japanese women who were sent to Singapore as prostitutes without any family.

The park was also used for the burials of other Japanese civilians, soldiers, marines, airmen and war criminals, particularly during the pre-war and World War II period.

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After the Singaporean government banned any more burials in 42 cemeteries in 1973, including this one, it was turned into a memorial park in 1987. It is still maintained by the Japanese Association of Singapore today.

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Featured Image: Instagram (@publicnoticesg) + Wikipedia (Japanese Cemetery Park)