Japanese descendants arrive for annual Iresai

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

A BIG group of Japanese tourists arrived for the annual Iresai at the Mintal Cemetery. The event this year is timed with the Kadayawan Festival.

Iresai is the ceremony to console the war dead.

Descendants of Japanese who have lived in Davao before the war and were called on to fight the Americans during World War II visit Davao every year for this ceremony.


The group was led by Japanese Consul Koichi Ibara.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has prepared the itinerary for the visitors, which aside from the ceremony at Mintal Cemetery, included tours of farms and the regular menu of visits to the Philippine Eagle, Sul Orchids and Malagos Garden, all in the Calinan area.

The Iresaid was organized by Japanese Consular Office, Barangay Mintal with captain Ramon Bargamento, and Japanese organizations in the city led by the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai Inc. of the City led by the Phil. Nikkei Jin Kai Inc.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 18, 2014.

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