Mon is home again

I’m just back from the Eko-in where I picked up Mon’s urn. So she is home again, resting next to Hao and Tao.

The locker where Mon's urn was kept, waiting to be picked up. Some people leave their pets there indefinitely.

The locker where Mon’s urn was kept, waiting to be picked up. Some people leave their pets there indefinitely.

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At the exit of the house containing all the urns.

At the exit of the house containing all the urns.

Back at home. From left to right is Mon, Hao and in the large box is Tao's urn

Back at home. From left to right is Mon, Hao and in the large box is Tao’s urn.

At the Eko-in for Mon-chan’s service

Today we brought Mon-chan over to the Eko-in in Ryogoku to leave her for cremation and join with other pet owners in a Buddhist service for their recently passed away friends.

The Eko-in dates back to 1657 and is well know for taking care of deceased pets. The Ryogoku neighborhood is also where the sumo stadium is, as well as the Tokyo History Museum. It’s only 4 stops on the Sobu-line from Shinkoiwa, my station.

The urn with Mon’s ashes should be ready to be picked up on Wednesday.

Here are some photos from today. You can click on individual photos to see them larger.

 

Entrance to the Eko-in

Entrance to the Eko-in

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A special room where we prepare Mon-chan to be left for cremation

A special room where we prepare Mon-chan to be left for cremation

 

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Our last look at Mon-chan

Mon-chan is now ready to be taken inside the inner chamber

Mon-chan is now ready to be taken inside the inner chamber

 

This inner chamber is a cold room where the pet remains are kept until  cremation

This inner chamber is a cold room where the pet remains are kept until cremation

 

Mon-chan is in the tiny box at the far end

Mon-chan is in the tiny box at the far end

 

Some scenes around the grounds while waiting for the ceremony

Some scenes around the grounds while waiting for the ceremony

 

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This statue dates back to 757 - 1,259 years ago

This statue dates back to 757 – 1,259 years ago

This monument was made in Bunka 12 (1815), 201 years ago

This monument was made in Bunka 12 (1815), 201 years ago

 

The entrance to the hall

The entrance to the hall

 

This is the room where the ceremony was held

This is the room where the ceremony was held

 

Each group approached the front and offered prayers as their family name and pet name was called

Each group approached the front and offered prayers as their family name and pet name was called