Nate (from the Ramenate blog) took me to kubikiri Jizo – just a few feet from Minami Senju station (those are the Hibiya-sen tracks there in back).
As you can tell from the name, kubikiri means "neck cutting" – this cemetery was built on an Edo-era execution ground (further evidence of which is the 'namidabashi' bridge ('bridge of tears') which leads to it!)
Nate didn't know if the graves at the cemetery are the people who were executed, or regular folks who lived in the neighborhood.
But either way, it seemed a rad place to check out – but when we got there we were doubly shocked:
the whole cemetery was in the process of being destroyed – executed, if you will.
What will replace it? A KFC? A real estate agency? The data center for a cyber-execution academy??? Who knows. But the half-completed destruction (complete with with green "Family of Unknown Origin" stickers applied to the remaining graves) simply added to the already ominous, post-apocalyptic atmosphere of the whole shebang.
Also: they're not moving bodies. People are burned and their ashes are interred in the graves. But still.
Below: an empty grave – ashes already (presumably) removed. Now it's a race between the bulldozers and the kudzu to see which can erase it first. A classic example of the "Man Vs. Nature Vs. Machines Vs. Zombies" plot device.
Below, the dilapidated Buddha of Japan's most ironically-named temple:
延命寺 (long life temple!), located in front of the execution grounds.
below, Nate himself.
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