It's a hardy soul who braves Osorezan (Mount Osore), a volcano in Aomori Prefecture known as the Japanese way station for the dead. For most, the name conjures up images of the supernatural and the unknown, but for Marie Mutsuki Mockett, it is a place of healing and beauty.

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye, by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
W. W. Norton & Company, Nonfiction.