Grave concerns in Japan


What is important when selecting a grave? graph of japanese statistics

Excuse the poor pun of a title, but this survey into purchasing and moving graves by the Japan Stone Products Cooperative Association perhaps needed a little bit of levity on this weighty topic.

I’ve got my family plot bought (here’s a web site with a newspaper article on it, along with rather incongruous adverts), or at least it will be mine after 72 easy monthly installments, and perhaps this summer I may be able to take time to go and visit my future home
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One in five middle-aged Japanese want their ashes scattered in the wind

Where would you like to be interred? graph of japanese statisticsHere is a rather interesting survey from Hoken (insurance) Clinic, looking at the diversification of graves and funerals.


Over the 4th and 5th of August 2015 500 people, 250 male and 250 female, aged between 40 and 60 years old completed an internet-based questionnaire. There is an implication in Q1 that everyone was married.

In Japan, cremation then interring the ashes in a family grave is the tradition. However, in Q5 an arborium cemetery is currently in vogue; this is usually a small grove of trees (run by the council with no ongoing maintenance fees) with a large underground space for urns. A multi-storey crypt has a visiting room, where on using your ID card, your relative’s urn plus shrine gets delivered to a viewing space. Here is a video of one in operation.
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Secrets to take to the grave

Do you have secrets to take to the grave? graph of japanese statisticsiShare often make me smile with the curious topics they investigate, and this one is no exception, what secrets people want to take to the grave.


Between the 3rd and 6th of August 2010 415 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.8% of the sample were male, 33.7% in their twenties, 32.8% in their thirties, and 33.5% in their forties.

I’ve probably got one, no two, secrets that I’ll never mention; one is bad, the other is just embarrassing. That’s really about all I’m prepared to say regarding this survey!
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