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The Japanese in Broome

Permanent Public Art Design/Japanese themed at Napier Terrace



 - Inset lighting pillars

 - Filigree street Lights

 - Sandblasted concrete bench

Broome has a strong Japanese influence dating back to 1880's. On Napier Terrace is the Japanese heritage of Broome. “Chinatown” was once known as “Japtown” and the Japanese influence made up of colourful unique characters of Broome. Highlighting Japanese annual event Obon with lantern ceremony in August fullmoon to pay homage to ancestor’s and divers friend’s spirits return to this world in order to visit relatives. This is an important role for Broome Japanese community and it is strong part of concept body at the beginning of Shinju Matsuri. Broome Japanese community is still inheriting this tradition and spiritual culture. The design on Napier Terrace, the traditionally inspired Japanese patterns interweaving design of spirits by traditional Japanese culture, and each design is meaningful. “The Japanese in Broome” these artworks pay homage to the contribution of the Japanese community to Broome.

Concept&Art works: Tomoko Yamada
Consultation: Broome Japanese Community

Project: Chinatown Broome Revitalization-stage2
Client: Shire of Broome

Landscape Architect: Josh Byrne&Associates
Year: 2020-2021

Photos: Ian Mcconnell

Movie: Tomoko Yamada

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