Book Announcement: Death and Dying in Contemporary Japan

death and dyingDeath and Dying in Contemporary Japan, H.Suzuki (ed.), 2013, Routledge, Japan Anthropology Workshop Series

Abstract: 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.

For more information, please visit: www.routledge.com/products/9780415631907

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Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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