Corporate graves

The other day we went to visit Okunoin, the largest cemetery in Japan. It is dedicated to Kukai, the founder of Shingon Buddhism and the supposed creator (it hasn’t been proved) of the hiragana alphabet of the Japanese language. The funny thing is that you can’t find Kukai’s grave at the cemetery, because he is supposedly alive. His spirit lives at the entrance to the forest that you can find at the end of the cemetery where there is a small temple.

One of the things that caught my attention at the cemetery is that there are several areas dedicated to special graves of employees of Japanese corporations. One of the largest ones belongs to Panasonic.

Panasonic grave
Grave for Panasonic employees

Kubota grave
Grave for Kubota employees

Corporate graves

Corporate graves

Corporate graves

Corporate graves

Corporate graves

Corporate graves

Corporate graves

2 Comments
  • Mr. Tanaka-san desu!

    September 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I always thought it was bad luck to photograph graves/graveyard/cemetary/tombstones…

    Or that’s what us Chinese believe in…

    There is a saying that you can become haunted if you photograph people in the cemetary. It’s disrespectful.

  • Jamaipanese

    September 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    really snazzy final resting places