In my 21 years in Japan, I have attended three funerals. The first, for my wife’s godmother, was a Catholic one, while the other two were not.
As my wife is Japanese and is the only Catholic in her family (she converted in her mid-twenties), whenever there is a death in her family, the funeral is invariably Buddhist. The latest such occasion was just last month, when her 79-year-old uncle died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
While the funeral rites were not of the One True Faith, it was impossible not to notice that there’s one thing the Buddhists do

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