Sakamoto International Cemetery

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Sakamoto International Cemetery
Sakamoto International Cemetery 04.jpg
Cherry blossoms inside the cemetery
Established 1888
Location Nagasaki
Country Japan


Japanese Christian
Owned by City of Nagasaki

The Sakamoto International Cemetery (坂本国際墓地?, Sakamoto Kokusai Bochi) is located in Sakamoto in the Urakami area of the city of Nagasaki, Japan. The cemetery for foreigners was established following the 1888 closure of an earlier burial ground near the international quarter of the city.[1] It is administered by the city government.[2]

The original cemetery dates from 1888. A newer quarter, Shin Sakamoto (added in 1903), lies across the street. A Jewish cemetery is in Sakamoto, along with the graves of French soldiers and Vietnamese laborers who died during the Boxer Rebellion.[3]

Notable interments[edit]

  • Thomas Blake Glover,[4] 19th century trader; along with son Tomisaburo Kuraba and Tomisaburo's wife Waka.
  • Sigmund D. Lessner, merchant and founder of Japan's first synagogue. A bust of Lessner marks his grave.[3][5]
  • Takashi Nagai, survivor of the nuclear bombing of the city, and his wife.


  1. ^ 長崎文化ジャンクション 長崎文化百選 #065 (Nagasaki Prefecture official web site) (Retrieved on June 6, 2009)
  2. ^ 長崎市有墓地条例 (Nagasaki City web site) (Retrieved on June 6, 2009)
  3. ^ a b 長崎・坂本国際墓地に眠る人々【ここは長崎ん町】 (Retrieved on June 6, 2009)
  4. ^ 長崎文化ジャンクション 長崎文化百選 #055 (Nagasaki Prefecture official web site) (Retrieved on June 6, 2009)
  5. ^ Cemeteries (part of the Nagasaki Foreign Settlement Web site) (Retrieved on June 6, 2009)

Coordinates: 32°45′54″N 129°52′04″E / 32.7650°N 129.8679°E / 32.7650; 129.8679