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Nature's Embrace: Japan's Aging Urbanites and New Death Rites

Satsuki Kawano


Based on extensive fieldwork, this book reveals the emerging pluralization of death rites in postindustrial Japan. Low birth rates and high numbers of people remaining permanently single have led to a shortage of ceremonial caregivers (most commonly married sons and their wives) to ensure the transformation of the dead into ancestors resting in peace. Consequently, older adults are increasingly uncertain about who will perform memorial rites for them and maintain their graves. This book examines Japan's changing death rites from the perspective of those who elect to have their cremated remains ... More

Keywords: death rites, postindustrial Japan, memorial rites, graves, ash scattering, mortuary, Japanese society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833725
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Satsuki Kawano, author
University of Guelph