The Japanese have basically made cremate of the body of the deceased, preserved the remains respectfully, but this is a strange thing in the eyes of European folklore  scholars Tetsuo says.

They say, “Because the soul rises to heaven, it is only a container (physical body) here, so you do not mind having them cremate. After cremation, we will keep carefully the remaining bones in the grave. Each grave is buried with remains on family basis.

And then they will visit the grave with Families to pray, and clean up the cemetery during the “OBON”(お盆).  “OBON” is part of summer season during summer vacations around 15, August.  Honoring their ancestors is a custom of the Japanese. Therefore, they respect the older people.

Hiraku Sekihara
ALSSC – Managing Director

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