Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye

A Journey

Book - 2015
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"Seeking consolation [after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster of 2011], Mockett is guided by a colorful cast of Zen priests and ordinary Japanese who perform rituals that disturb, haunt, and finally uplift her. Her journey leads her into the radiation zone in an intricate white hazmat suit; to Eiheiji, a school for Zen Buddhist monks; on a visit to a Crab Lady and Fuzzy-Headed Priests temple on Mount Doom; and into the 'thick dark' of the subterranean labyrinth under Kiyomizu temple, among other twists and turns"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, [2015]
ISBN: 9780393063011
0393063011
Characteristics: 315 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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fearlessrabbit Mar 02, 2018

In a post Fukushima world, Mockett travels to Japan in the wake of inconsolable destruction and the sudden death of her American father. Visiting temples and shrines, visiting with Zen priests, she delves into the rituals and ceremonies that surround death. With death seemingly taboo in our own culture, the dead in Japan exist openly amongst the living demanding attention. Mockett's writing is both an existential travelogue and a personal journey into giving attention to saying goodbye to the dead in her own life.

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