A growing number of people are paying tribute to the deceased not at cemeteries but in front of a screen.
Digital graves on smartphones or computers make use of state-of-the-art technologies such as the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
The biggest advantages of such graves are that it does not require a physical monument and that respects can be paid anytime, anywhere.
Related services are cropping up as well, such as using video and audio to feel closer to the deceased.
Such digital graves might change the way memorial services are held for ancestors.
Alpha Club Musashino, a Saitama-based company offering ceremonial occasion services, is planning to launch a metaverse cemetery service by the end of this year.
Users can access the cemetery through a computer or a smartphone and pay a virtual visit to a grave as an avatar. They can offer digital flowers or talk about memories of the deceased with others via an online chat function.
The company is also considering ways to provide customers with a service using artificial intelligence to digitally generate a deceased person’s appearance, voice and personality.
Source: Japan News