August 26, 2017

"Does this look beautiful? Am I treating the deceased kindly?'

Drop dead gorgeous

   

 Corpse Dressing Contest

The Life Ending Industry EXPO 2017 in Tokyo is Japan's biggest funeral exhibition and celebrates rituals of dressing the dead. In Shinto teaching, the practice is thought to help purify the soul of corpses. The contestants dress live volunteers on a stage in front of undertaking experts.  The four contestants were judged on the grace of their movements and their ability to dress the body without revealing too much bare skin.

Female Japanese undertaker, Rino Terai, 23, won the contest by dressing the best-looking corpses before three judges as funeral music played gently in the background. After the ritualistic competition, she  said: 'I practiced every day to prepare for this competition.  I took videos and made improvements by asking myself, does this look beautiful? Am I treating the deceased kindly?'

Posted by Jill Fallon at August 26, 2017 12:48 PM | Permalink