Papua New Guinea
The Sepik region of Papua New Guinea is a wonderland of islands, beautiful coastlines, river systems and mountain ranges. It is the site of Japanese surrender in September 1945, and a history rich in human endeavours. First colonised by Germans in 1885, the area soon attracted mercenaries, explorers, traders, labour recruiters, and missionaries. But it is the timeless history of the Sepik people themselves which provide the mystery and exotic folklore of this fascinating area. Wewak is an attractive palm-fringed town which felt the might of Japanese troops who “discovered” its isolation and hidden ports around Kairiru Island. Many war memorials remain around the outskirts of the plantations and a Japanese gun still points from the eastern end of the island. Wewak is the capital of East Sepik province and located not far from Cape Wom. Cape Wom was the site of the Japanese surrender to allied-forces, where Lieutenant General Adachi signed the documents and handed his sword to Major General Robertson on 13th September 1945. A war memorial marks the site and the wartime airstrip is still in place. Another memorial in town has been erected at the site of the Japanese war graves and nearby is the Japanese/Papua New Guinea Peace Park.