Now that the explosive popularity of "Pokemon Go" has brought augmented reality technology within the reach of ordinary people, a tombstone company in Chiba Prefecture is taking it beyond the grave.

By allowing people to "catch" pre-recorded video messages from the departed in cemeteries, the firm hopes to create an effect similar to snagging Pokemon characters, but with a more personal touch.

Yoshiyuki Katori, president of Ryoshin Sekizai in Katori, Chiba, said the firm's new app, named "Spot message," realizes his longtime dream of preserving memories of the deceased for the living.