Particular way of Funeral proceeding in Hakodate/お葬式の函館ルール
Many people who come from outside of Hakodate to attend a funeral here are sometimes surprised at the fact that they can't see the corpse of the departed.
In general, the funeral proceed as follows: １)Passying away→２）Wake(The family and friends stay with the departed through a night)→３）funeral service→４）Carrying out of the coffin and Cremation→５）Dine together to end the funeral→→→６）49th memorial service
But in Hakodate, the procceding is as follows: １)Passying away→２）Carrying out of the coffin and Cremation→３）Wake(The family and friends stay with the departed through a night)→4)funeral service→５）Dine together to end the funeral→→→６）49th memorial service
As you see above, in Hakodate when a person passes away, the corpse will be cremated immediately. So the departed spends his wake and funeral service in the condition of bones.(Surely the bones are kept in a special wooden box.)
For the attendants who are expected to see the corpse of the departed people, it surprises them a lot. For me it was more surprising that I was asked to clean the body of my husband's aunt when I attended the wake of hers.
"Oh, we don't have opportunity to pray for the raw buddha.(the corpse of the departed) here", he said like this.
The previous day, I heard an exact expression for the corpse. It was "Nama-Botoke(lit. Raw Buddha)." In Japan people often say that the departed people become Buddha themselves. In Japanese word "Joubutsu" means exactly becoming a buddha. An attendant expressed the departed who has its body raw as a raw Buddha.
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too. 函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。