Families look to temples to maintain small graves

National Mar 23, 2016

Families look to temples to maintain small graves

Yoshiki Saito, 76, moved his parents' remains in February from a graveyard in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, to Jokyuji Temple in the western Tokyo suburb of Fuchu, where perpetual services are offered to maintain and care for graves. But unlike other temples that offer similar perpetual ...

In Japan, grave times for the tombstone trade

National Sep 16, 2014

In Japan, grave times for the tombstone trade

by Yiyuan Wang

An Jianxing can see he is in a dying business. The gravestone designer, who takes pride in works featuring musical instruments and heavenly gates, says years of shrinking sales are driving him to close up shop in Japan and move back to his native China. "It ...

Families head to North Korea to visit graves

National Jun 25, 2014

Families head to North Korea to visit graves

A group of nine Japanese citizens departed Tokyo on Wednesday for North Korea, to visit graves of relatives who died there around the end of World War II. North Korea has allowed such visits by Japanese citizens since August 2012, but this will be the ...