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  • Yumiko has come to pay her respects to her husband,

  • who's been resting here, digitally speaking, for the last two years.

  • There he is. Hai.

  • This is quite an extraordinary place.

  • It feels like I've walked into a video game.

  • There are over 2,000 LED Buddhas,

  • each with an urn of ashes behind it.

  • It's one of the most futuristic things I've ever seen,

  • but also very Zen at the same time.

  • I'm surprised by how contemplative and almost spiritual it feels.

  • It feels like a place of worship, it feels like a place of contemplation.

  • So, what's the benefit of having your resting place

  • in an LED cemetery rather than the conventional cemetery?

  • What do you feel when you come here?

  • Do you feel connected to your husband?

  • You've crushed any sense of the spiritual

  • that I was building between us.

  • It just, I've come here, I've lit up a button.

  • There he is, the Buddha's gone on.

  • And that's it, and I'm off again for my tea.

  • When I go into a graveyard in England, sometimes I see

  • very small unkempt graves.

  • And sometimes I see some huge marble posh ones with billions of flowers.

  • But here, it's a sort of democratisation of death.

  • Everyone's the same, whether they were rich or poor in this life,

  • whether they had children or no children.

  • And I really love that.

  • Here's another thing that Japan has done magnificently.

  • You can type in your loved-one's name, and up they pop.

  • You don't have to keep all of their ashes there.

  • I mean, it's flexible, this system.

  • The idea of just one body, one headstone

  • and feeling... I remember my dad going to see his mum,

  • and it was driving rain.

  • And you have that sense of guilt,

  • if you don't spend a long time tending the flowers.

  • It's OK to say, "I love you,

  • "I really love you and I really miss you.

  • "I don't have time to do the garden around your gravestone,

  • "but I will come here and sit down and think, as the lights change

  • "in this extraordinary place, about how great you were."

  • It's...it's really magical.

Yumiko has come to pay her respects to her husband,

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    Mahiro Kitauchi posted on 2020/06/16
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