Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey

Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey

by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
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Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Alaska_Silver More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful and balanced glimpse into the complex attitudes the Japanese have toward the meaning of life, death and the afterlife. After losing her Japanese grandfather and her American father she struggles to find a way to move forward. Unable to find satisfactory answers in western society, she takes her search to her mother's homeland. I expected this to be a soul searching journey wallowing in misery but was very pleasantly surprised to find a wealth of multi-faceted glimpses into private and very personal aspects of Japanese life that would be impossible for anyone outside of Japan to encounter much less understand. She offers an unbiased look at the various sects of Buddhism throughout Japan and how they interact with each other and shape the lives of the people in very different ways. Her visits also coincided with the great earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 and span several years after this disaster, following the struggles of ordinary citizens to find meaning in senseless destruction and the fundamental changes this disaster has forced onto a very ancient culture. Buddhist priests of all sects are expanding their traditional roles and learning new ways to help their communities find new ways to cope and move forward. This is a beautifully crafted work that reveals touching insights into what it means to be Japanese. She touches on those differences that set them apart and makes them special while revealing that as members of the human race we all struggle with the same problems. When faced with personal crisis or great disaster we all have the same fundamental human needs, but the answer to those needs is not necessarily the same for any one person.
PabloMartin More than 1 year ago
Mockett's grief journey is a wonderful look at Japanese culture from a unique point of view: her mom is Japanese and her was American. I enjoyed learning about Buddhism, Fukashima and Japanese culture in general. As someone who has an interest in grief, I found that despite cultural differences, the grief journey for Japanese people takes time and introspection as in our culture. I recommend this book for Mockett's story telling ability and recounting of Buddhism and grief.