Japanese graveyards and graveyards are a little different from what most Westerners know. In contrast to the majority of Western countries, Japan usually cremates family members rather than burying the deceased after they pass. In fact, Japan is one of the countries with the highest cremation rate in the world, comprising about 99% of final rites.

The bones remaining after the ceremony are shared among the surviving relatives as a way for them to remember those who have moved on. Moreover, the remaining ashes are stored and memorialized in expensive tombs that are increasingly becoming burdensome to maintain. In recent years, however, time-poor family members increasingly find it difficult to regularly visit graves and perform the necessary rites needed to memorialize the deceased. That said, a mini urn is providing some relief and allowing residents to keep family members nearby.

Product features

Memorial Art Co., Ltd. has released a portable urn, the Soul Petit Pot, so that users can keep their loved ones at hand and remember them at any time. The mini urn was developed following the concept of, "Anytime, anywhere, you can rest with your loved ones.” The urn comes in six colors and is manufactured in a sturdy metal container. Memorial Art Co. is quick to highlight key features of their new product:

  • A stick-type form that is simple in design.
  • The main body has an asymmetrical shape to prevent rolling.
  • The robust brass body will not sustain damage even if dropped.
  • A sturdy design and moderate weight will create peace of mind concerning a loved one's remains.
  • A clear coating on the surface prevents discoloration of the brass portion as well as discoloration of the painted surface.
  • The lid and body screw together and fit snuggly.
  • An included pouch is made of synthetic leather to further protect the urn from stains and damage.
  • The urn is similar in shape to lipstick so it is not immediately recognizable as an urn.
  • Six available colors are suitable for each gender and age.

Most importantly, the subtle design makes the mini urn feel at home in any living space, regardless of whether it is a Japanese-style room or a Western-style room. As the product clearly helps protect the ashes of the deceased, it is recommended for those who always want to feel connected with their loved

The Soul Petit Pot retails for 14,850 JPY, tax included. As mentioned, it is available in six colors: brilliant navy, horizon blue, snow white, cafe ole brown, candle pink, and passion red.

Other series

The Soul Petit Pot Fleur, pictured above, is also available from Memorial Art Co., albeit at a somewhat higher price. Retailing at 18,000 JPY, excluding tax, it is also available in the aforementioned six colors.

Memorial Art Co. also announced another product in a separate press release:

The beautiful Soul Petit Pot Makie-Matching-Family Crest is available at 45,000 JPY, excluding tax. It includes special individual packaging, a drawstring purse, and a family crest sticker for the inner lid. Many other products can also be purchased, so interested readers should head to the official website for more information.

By - Luke Mahoney.