While the rest of us are planning for the near future–things like vacations, finances, what to eat for lunch–some people in Japan are pushing the planning envelope and planning for the last event of their earthly lives: their funeral.
These are not people facing imminent demise, either. Many are young and healthy, but just want to know for sure they’ll look their best before burial. And how can you know if the lavender or the white burial shroud is better suited to your complexion without trying it on?
The event was held in Tokyo this year, and drew in some 5,000 attendants and 50 companies displaying their wares. Funeral planning is popular with men and women, and is actually just one part of a larger trend in Japan. Planning for your own death, which used to be considered bad luck, has become something of a popular pastime; there are even coffin catalogues produced by manufacturers designed for casual browsers.