Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Forgive the recent hiatus!

Last weekend I had an MRI scan - just a preventitive one, but the doc, considering my age, non-smoking and minimal drinking, extremely low blood pressure, etc, seemed rather confused as to why I was bothering!

Next, we had a funeral to go to, or at least a small meeting at the house of the dead afterwards. My first Japanese funeral, and when the conversation go on to the picking through the ashes for nice bits of bone - apparently, playing UFO Catcher with the skull is most auspicious - I pulled a bit of a funny face which did annoy the wife a bit. They also talked about piling up the bits of bone, and how there were no black bits left, which shows she didn't have cancer, or something like that.

Fortunately for the closest family involved, even though they are not particularly religious (but not that that stops the need for priests) the deceased aunt was Soka Gakkai, one of the selling points of this religion being that there are only laiety, so no need to get in the local money-grabbers (one million yen per priest is the norm) to do the honours.

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