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Scattering Ceremonies

Satsuki Kawano

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

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833725
eISBN:
9780824870850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833725.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

At scattering ceremonies the bereaved celebrate the deceased's return to nature and mourn their final parting with the deceased. Although the Grave-Free Promotion Society (GFPS) provides a basic ... More


Scattering Ashes

Mark Michael Rowe

in Bonds of the Dead: Temples, Burial, and the Transformation of Contemporary Japanese Buddhism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226730134
eISBN:
9780226730165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226730165.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter moves outside the idiom of Buddhist graves and memorials to consider the scattering of ashes, an innovative burial practice that began around the same time as eternal memorial graves. ... More


Ash Scattering and Family Relations

Satsuki Kawano

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

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833725
eISBN:
9780824870850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833725.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter considers the relationship between ash scattering and family relations. It critically examines the historical-transition thesis, which is sometimes employed to argue that new mortuary ... More


The Story of a Seventy-Three-Year-Old Woman Living Alone: Her Thoughts on Death Rites

Satsuki Kawano

in Capturing Contemporary Japan: Differentiation and Uncertainty

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824838683
eISBN:
9780824868895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824838683.003.0014
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the significance of ash scattering, a new mortuary practice in contemporary Japan, from the perspective of a seventy-three-year-old woman living alone. More specifically, it ... More


Historical Perspectives

Satsuki Kawano

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

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833725
eISBN:
9780824870850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833725.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The Grave-Free Promotion Society (GFPS) has been scattering the ashes of its members since 1991, as opposed to the traditional practice of interring them in a family grave. GFPS members feel that ... More


Conclusion

Satsuki Kawano

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

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833725
eISBN:
9780824870850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833725.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter considers ash scattering in contemporary Japan as a culturally specific revivalist practice. It argues that ash scattering allows aging urbanites to manage their posthumous security ... More


The Grave-Free Promotion Society

Satsuki Kawano

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

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833725
eISBN:
9780824870850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833725.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the Grave-Free Promotion Society (GFPS) as a social organization, describing its day-to-day routines, history, people, and work. The new mortuary practice of ash scattering is ... More


Introduction

Satsuki Kawano

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

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833725
eISBN:
9780824870850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833725.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine changing death rites in Japan's postindustrial society. The central questions asked are: What new constraints and ... More


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

Satsuki Kawano

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833725
eISBN:
9780824870850
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833725.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

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 ... More


The Actors

Satsuki Kawano

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

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833725
eISBN:
9780824870850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833725.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

In postwar Japan, the generational contract within a stem-family framework socially and conventionally allocated the care of the elderly and the family dead to their descendants, as a moral ... More


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