This is a Japanese custom, and the white cloth is officially called “Uchi Ooi” (打ち覆い, うちおおい) or “Menpu” (面布, めんぷ).
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Cremation includes roughly five processes. 1. Final farewell 2. Carrying out the coffin 3. Transportation to the crematoria 4. Cremation 5. Gathering of the deceased’s ashes
Panpii is a Japanese abbreviation for “ordinary people”. You may remember the scene where Kazuki (left man) says “Oretachi wa Panpii”, which means “we are Panpii”.
Japan’s cremation rate is over 99%. There are some reasons why cremation has spread in Japan.
We traditionally offer chrysanthemums at the graves in Japan
According to a survey, 60% of Japanese women pass down their kimonos to their daughters. From grandmother to mother and from mother to daughter, it is not unusual for kimonos to be handed over three generations. Kimonos need to be kept in good condition for 10 to 20 years until the next successor receives it. Japanese people have a special connection to their kimonos.
In Japan, they are called “Pocky” (ポッキー, pokki). When a narrow stick-like objects break, it is expressed as “pokkin” in Japanese onomatopoeia. Ezaki Glico, a Japanese confectionery maker, named the product “Pocky” from this sound.