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Yoshihiro Fujiwara

Yoshihiro Fujiwara

President of Towa-cho party


Worry about Grave

Yoshihiro Fujiwara                               recieved Oct.20, 2013


 The cemetery near my parents’ home in my birth place, there is a fine grave ancestral.  It is thought that we should protect it properly from now on.

On the other side, I’m worrying about that I’m living very far from the home town where I was born and I can’t take care of family grave site in the home town after getting old.

To say or so, to expect it to the next generation is too harsh for them from the actual situation.

  Only time left is getting more and more less


  Such occasion, there was an additional recruitment of municipal cemetery. It is only 50 compartments , the number of recruitment become a lottery of high magnification seekers flooded every year.

  We can reburial near the residence, or go through with the grave of our ancestors, or we should have graves even both places.  Worry about the grave is not the solution, I decided to go to see the local anyway


It is a cemetery that the western part of the city and it was opened up in 40 years ago in step with the construction of the New Town.

  It’s size is approximately 370,000 square meters, roughly some 2.3 times the Hibiya Park size.

  More than half of the site is devoted to green space or road and funeral hall, only 30% of the total space is for the individual.

  Very spacious, it is not an exaggeration to say that is the park exactly. In fact, I met a neighbor who is daily walking in this cemetery.


  There is a 6 square meters and 4 square meters for personal space, but the smaller compartment is the majority.

  The number of partitions not been published, but it may be 25 thousand based on likely roughly calculation from the point of view of the proportion of private space and total area.

  There are two styles of the grave which are a Western-style of horizontal tombstone laid lawn and a Japanese-style traditional vertical tombstone in landscape.


Here and there, there is a free space on the worm-eaten-like.

  About 5% of the total, remains an empty lot that was overgrown with weeds.

  Owners acquired at the time of the opening of the park has left in unused also paying the management fee.

  Some of them was waived in some circumstances became the target partitions for additional recruitment.

  The story that I heard initially, additional recruitment was partitions which owner moved to the other place and reburial, but most of them are no evidence that it was used from the beginning no matter how you look at it.

  At the opening of the park at that time, they did not place any restrictions for this kind situation.

  it seems unfair phenomenon continues even today from the eyes of citizens.


If I hit this lottery event, ¥720,000 perpetual use fee and about \6,000 management fee per year is required.

  Because I chose the traditional one for style of the tomb, substantial cost is expected for the tombstone.

  It is allowed to bury bones range up to parents and brothers.

  Because of this restriction, it becomes impossible to bury grandparents before.

  we must clear the problem of this fact.  Farther more, I have to investigate procedures of reburial.


The probability of hitting the lottery is small. by hit Once, my worry must be getting bigger.


Yoshihiro Fujiwara        Oct. 20, 2013

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