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Funeral Trade Fair Dead Busy In Tokyo

Funeral Trade Fair Dead Busy In Tokyo

A bizarre funeral trade fair where punters get to try out their favourite coffins has been a hit in Tokyo, the Japanese capital.

The show featured stalls from more than 50 undertakers, coffin makers, and other funeral workers aimed at making sure their customers really do rest in peace.

Some visitors even tried out different types of coffin for size, complete with closed lids.

One visitor Chisei Suzuki said: "We will all end up in a coffin one day and I was just curious to see what it felt like. When I am dead I won't know so now is a good time to try it out.

"I'm not obsessed with death but the show is a really interesting insight into the funeral trade, which is often not talked about." she added.

Others thought over what they wanted to wear for eternity - Western clothes or traditional Japanese kimonos.

"These are very personal choices and it is much better for people to decide while they are alive than for others to do so when they are dead," said exhibitor Kazaki Tou.

Some stalls even offered a formal afterlife portrait services, complete with a haircut and manicure so that everybody can look their best.

Funeral services have become a booming business in Japan, which has a chronically ageing population and declining birth rate.

"What you are buying is certainty, peace of mind. There are not many businesses that can offer you that. It is kind of a 'try before you buy' service and helps ensure you get what you really want when the time comes," explained one funeral director exhibiting at the trade fair.

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