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Cemetery Research/Photo Offer (Kanto Area)
Posted by: Michael Cash (ID *****5521) Date: November 19, 2011 at 21:24:01
  of 1931

I live in Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture and on my days off quite often visit and do photography in various cemeteries in my area.

If it would assist anyone in researching their families in Japan I would be glad to visit and photograph family tombs within a reasonable distance of my home on an as-time-permits basis. Quite often it is possible to correlate post-mortem Buddhist names (kaimyou) with names in life through information engraved on the tombstones, along with dates of death, age, and sometimes the relation between the people listed.

I would need the best information you have regarding names, temple names/locations, and the whereabouts of the tombs (although I can hunt around if necessary, within reason).

I will be happy to provide gratis overall photos of the tomb area, the temple (if desired), and of course any useful engravings on the stones. If successful in locating the tomb, I would also be glad to conduct the traditional aspects of a tomb visit: washing the tombstone, cleaning up the area (removing weeds, fallen leaves, etc), burning incense, sake, and placing fresh flowers. The visit, cleaning, and incense I am glad to do for free, as it falls within what I would typically do in the course of my photography visits anyway and no special cost in incurred. Placing of sake and fresh flowers would need to be compensated for the actual cost involved. I have no desire to personally monetarily profit from this offer, but neither can I afford the expense of the sake and flowers myself. A few bucks for gas money would be appreciated in any case. I would also be glad to help in the deciphering of the information in the engravings for anyone not able to read Japanese.

This would have to be for places within a reasonable radius of my home, say about 75km or so and the activity will have to be done on my days off, as time and weather permits. Please feel free to contact me if you feel I can be of any help.


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