And now, the drive-thru funeralCentral Station | 14 Sep 2017
A Japanese funeral parlor is set to offer relatives the chance to pay their final respects without leaving the comfort of their cars.
The firm claims that the "drive-thru" service, to be launched in December, is a first in Japan, where a rapidly ageing population means funerals are anything but a dying trade.
Elderly mourners can register their names on a tablet and make a traditional offering of incense just by rolling down a car window - a process relayed to screens inside the venue.
The initiative aims to give infirm relatives the chance to participate, said the firm's president Masao Ogiwara.
"The elderly may hesitate to attend a funeral because they have to ask for help to get out of the car," he said. It usually takes at least 15 minutes for someone in a wheelchair to offer incense at the altar during a traditional Japanese funeral ceremony.