Kazura Island in the Sea of Japan is attracting interest from people looking for an alternative to ash interment, as the uninhabited islet has become a dedicated site for ash scattering.

An affiliate of a funeral service company in Tokyo started to offer ash scattering on Kazura Island in 2008, after acquiring it from a private owner.

There are no tombstones on Kazura Island because "the island itself is a tomb of sorts," said Toshinori Watanabe of Kazura Inc., the firm that owns the islet.