Japan’s Camera Phone obsession goes to the Graveyard

Japanese girl with a Camera Mobile People usually use their camera-equipped mobile phones to click pictures on occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and so on. However, ironically the Japanese are using their camera phones for a very different purpose. They are now using the device to capture a final picture of the deceased.

Funeral director told the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper said, “I get the sense that people no longer respect the dead. It’s disturbing.”

She particularly remembers one funeral ceremony where several people who had gathered round the coffin, took out their phones to photograph the corpse as preparations were made to begin a cremation.

“Some can’t grasp ‘reality’ unless they take a photo and share it with others … It comes from a desire to keep a strong bond with the deceased,” social commentator Toru Takeda told the paper.

“I’m sure the deceased would never want their faces photographed,” the funeral director said.

But others called it a form of a reminder in the modern age.