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
A special room where we prepare Mon-chan to be left for cremation
Our last look at Mon-chan
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
Mon-chan is in the tiny box at the far end
Some scenes around the grounds while waiting for the ceremony
This statue dates back to 757 – 1,259 years ago
This monument was made in Bunka 12 (1815), 201 years ago
The entrance to the hall
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