Walking around cemeteries is becoming a bit of a theme on this blog, isn’t it?  What can I say?  It seems like a weirdly dark thing to do on a trip (and yeah, it kinda is), but it’s also really interesting.

Yanaka Cemetery in Tokyo, Japan

I mean, it’s basically like walking through a park, only with a bunch of dead people and tombstones.  So… not really like walking through a park at all.

I’m not really selling this, am I?

Yanaka Cemetery in Tokyo, Japan

Well, the Yanaka Cemetery in Tokyo (which is enormous) is especially interesting, if only for how different it is from Western cemeteries.

Yanaka Cemetery in Tokyo, Japan

The tombstones look completely different, and there are these long wooden boards — they look like they were pulled from a fence — all over the place.

Plus, it’s grim, obviously, but there’s also a scenic beauty there.

Yanaka Cemetery in Tokyo, Japan

I wouldn’t say that a trip isn’t complete until you visit a cemetery, but if you’ve got some time, it’s probably worthwhile.

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