Funerals are called 葬儀/sougi or 葬式/soushiki.
I know funerals are never an awesome thing.
But, Japan has many funeral traditions and those traditions are the interesting part.
Japan’s Buddhist funerals consist of a wake, cremation, burial and a memorial. There are many different types and styles.
Guests always bring condolence money and receive a small gift when leaving the ceremony.
The cremation and burial will happen a day or so after this and there’s a similar offering of incense while the priest recites sutras.
Then the person is given a new Buddhist name called a 戒名/kaimyou.
They choose bones from the feet upwards so the person is the right way up in the urn.
People can pass bones from chopsticks to chopsticks at funerals – that’s the reason it’s bad manners to do this at the table.
Finally the ashes are put into the family grave at a cemetery, but sometimes they have the ashes at the family alter at home for 35 days before burial.