THE JAPANESE CEMETERY “FOZIL-OTA” IN TASHKENT

 

Intricate Oriental pattern sometimes intertwine the fate of people in the land of Uzbekistan. Could imagine a resident of Tashkent, the caretaker of the cemetery “Fozil-Ota” in Yakkasaray district, Mirokil Fazilov that he would be awarded by His Highness the Japanese Emperor with the order of the “Rising sun and silver rays”?


“Do a good thing and throw into the water,” says the Eastern wisdom.

So, following the example of his father Fozil day by day were doing a good thing. With a heavy steps measured the way Japanese prisoners of war from the Textile factory, where they had a special hostel to their jobs. The sound of wooden shoes echoed in people’s memories for a long time. The prisoners were building a railway to transport the generator of the “Farhad” Hydro Electric Station. Over time on place this iron roads appeared a graveyard. The memorial laid to rest 79 Japanese prisoners who found themselves here after World War II. They did not have time to return home and for ever remained on Uzbek land.

Tourists and guests from Japan come to the cemetery to honor the memory of fellow countrymen, remember the past and lay flowers.

For 40 years Mirokil, like his father in the past, contributes to the improvement of the cemetery. Today he is 75 years old, and he is awarded the Imperial order of the “Rising sun and silver rays” for preserving the graves of Japanese prisoners of war and maintaining order in the cemetery. The first President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov highly appreciated the merits and contribution of the cemetery caretaker Mirokil Fazilov, and the memorial was renamed “Fozil-OTA”.

Memory is alive, thanks to people like Mirokil Fazilov. Good tends to multiply, so his work is continued by his sons and grandchildren.

The Second World war is over, but its echoes will long resound in our hearts. Time blurs the boundaries, the enmity goes on forever, and remains only a memory, the memory of the untimely deceased people. Eternal memory.