JAPAN

Shukatsu~Part4~

Something we felt through this interview was that everyone who participated in shukatsu was united in their desire to die aesthetically, but also to make life after their passing as easy as possible for those left behind.  These sentiments echoes the…

Shukatsu~Part3~

In this way, shukatsu has created the pros and cons, and business with trillion yen. How has shukatsu been created?   “When people think about dying without being bounded by tradition, shukatsu was born,” says Dr. Moriyuki Ooe, who established…

Shukatsu~Part2~

The shukatsu business, which is related to a funeral service, has become a big market. Its scale is 1 billion yen to 2 billion yen. Japan, which has declining birthrate and a growing proportion of elderly, the demand of the…

Shukatsu~Part1~

“You could die today.”   Yoriko Muto, representative of Shukatsu Counselors Association, started her speech to a group of about 90 people. Shukatsu Counselors Association is a corporate body that holds seminars related to matters on death such as succession…

The Urban Ninjas

The year is 1,100. A black shadow looms in the corner, stooping low before the shoji(translucent paper window) and it peeks inside a room. His mission is a matter of life and death– whether he can successfully assassinate the daimyo or…