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Title Death and dying in contemporary Japan / edited by Hikaru Suzuki
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, ©2013
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 240 pages) : illustrations
Series Japan anthropology workshop series
Japan anthropology workshop series
Contents Cover; Death and Dying In contemporary Japan; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; Notes on Contributors; Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction: Making One's Death, Dying, and Disposal in Contemporary Japan; Part I: Meaning of Life and Dying in Contemporary Japan; 1. Death and 'the Pursuit of a Life Worth Living' in Japan; 2. Dying in Japan: Into the Hospital and Out Again?; 3. Sarariiman Suicides in Heisei Japan; Part II: Professionalization of Funerals; 4. Working of Funeral Homes: Between Dignity of Death and Commercialism in Work for the Dead
5. Funeral-while-alive as Experiential Transcendence6. Contemporary Transformation of Japanese Death Ceremonies; Part III: New Burial Practices in Japan; 7. Beyond Ancestor Worship: Continued Relationship with Significant Others; 8. Life Course and New Death Rites in Japan: The Loss of Comrades in the Second World War and the Choice of Ash Scatttering; 9. An Anthropological Study of a Japanese Tree Burial: Environment, Kinship, and Death; 10. Disaster and Death in Japan: Responses to the Flight Jl123 Crash; Epilogue: Price of Mortality -- Reinvention of Japanese Death Rituals; Index
Summary This book, based on extensive original research, explores the various ways in which Japanese people think about death and how they approach the process of dying and death. It shows how new forms of funeral ceremonies have been developed by the funeral industry, how traditional grave burial is being replaced in some cases by the scattering of ashes and forest mortuary ritual, and how Japanese thinking on relationships, the value of life, and the afterlife are changing. Throughout, it assesses how these changes reflect changing social structures and social values
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Death -- Social aspects -- Japan
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Japan
Undertakers and undertaking -- Japan
Japan -- Social life and customs
Form Electronic book
Author Suzuki, Hikaru
ISBN 0203095421