10th October, 2006 - It's always an important time for T-chan's family when visiting T-chan's grandfather (on Otousan's side) - back at Takino Cemetery (Takino Reien) . The tombstones are for family plots... and yes, people are all cremated in Japan. An important part of the journey is to clean the head-stone and say a short prayer for the departed. This year we've an important prayer to offer... for our unborn child. On a side note - you might note the shape of the head-stone is a little strange... it's based on a shogi piece (Japanese chess piece).
As you may recall - Takino Cemetery (check the link) is like the Fantasy Island of cemeteries, with a bizarre historic monument tribute avenue (with Easter Island heads and Stonehenge to name just a couple). This year a new addition was included... a giant Buddha. I guess at least this had some cultural relevance.
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