Question: What happens on the fiftieth anniversary of a Japanese persons death?

of the deceased is turned upside down on the fiftieth anniversary of death. In and through these various actions individual identity is said to disappear and the deceased is incorporated into the collective body of ancestors, being reborn as a guard- ian spirit or god.

How do Japan celebrate death?

The majority of funerals (葬儀, sōgi or 葬式, sōshiki) in Japan include a wake, the cremation of the deceased, a burial in a family grave, and a periodic memorial service. According to 2007 statistics, 99.81% of deceased Japanese are cremated.

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