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Funeral For A…What?

So, I was walking through the stately Ikegami Hongan-ji temple grounds this spring, and I saw this sign. I guess with the shrinking population and all, the number of regular funerals is going down, so they’re branching out into…pet funerals. Yes, for about $350, you can have a real priest chant real sutras over your beloved dog or cat or…wait a minute!

Okay, I can see how a rabbit might wriggle its way into your affections enough to deserve spending a couple hundred smackers on sending it into the next life. And maybe even the guinea pig, although that one is kind of a stretch. But…a parakeet? A fish? A GIANT BEETLE?

And that’s for the group rate (your beloved Fifi’s ashes interred in a sort of mass grave). If you want a dedicated funeral and burial niche for Miss Fluffington of Bigglesworth, it’ll set you back nearly a thou.

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

7 thoughts on “Funeral For A…What? Leave a comment

  1. Fun post!  Hey, Anna’s moving to Tokyo next month..she’s go a gig with a US Marketing of Pharmaceuticals…the office is down near the Imperial Palace and she’s got a roommate and apartment in some hipster neighborhood….full of resale shops and music clubs…Shimokitazawa Hope you and yours are well! Troy Thiel 

  2. I had a parakeet for over ten years that made two cross country moves with me, he was a very tame riding around on my shoulder a lot, so yea I could see a parakeet getting the full service.
    Side note, still haven’t seen the “Painted Doll” available for the Nook.

    • You prove me wrong about the parakeet – it sounds like yours was an affectionate and long-lived one! (And thank you for reminding me – I’ll check with my publisher and see what’s happening with that. It was supposed to happen this summer and now that summer is upon us…)

  3. Since when is a hole under a nice tree in the garden not good enough? Wait…we’re not allowed to do that. Forget I said anything.

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