[PHOTO GALLERY] A new afterlife awaits

Images / News Nov 11, 2014

[PHOTO GALLERY] A new afterlife awaits

Funeral arrangements are normally for those left behind, but the latest trend in Japan — which literally translates to “end of life" preparations — is for the aging to prepare their own funerals and graves. With a population expected to shrink by nearly 30 million ...

Editorials Nov 26, 2013

An Imperial break from tradition

The announcement that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will be cremated and be interred in smaller mausoleums reflects their wish to minimize the impact of their funeral rites on people's lives.

Japan's funerals deep-rooted mix of ritual, form

Reference | FYI Jul 28, 2009

Japan's funerals deep-rooted mix of ritual, form

by Hiroko Nakata

Funerals in Japan incorporate a unique mixture of religion, tradition, culture, ritual and geography that to the outsider may appear perplexing. Following are questions and answers about funerals in Japan and related activities: Do funerals generally have a religious context? With regard to rituals, most Japanese partake ...