It might escape the notice of a passerby that Davius Living Yamato, a one-story building standing unassumingly on a street in Kanagawa Prefecture, is a funeral parlor.

Little about the exterior of this no-frills facility suggests anything funereal inside. In fact, if you mistook it for just another convenience store you would be close to the truth.

Where Davius Living Yamato, run by local funeral firm Kanagawa Cosmos Co., stands today, there used to be a struggling Lawson Inc. store. When the Lawson closed, the building was renovated to become a small funeral home focusing on elderly people who have few neighbors or friends left to attend their send-off.