Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wheel-Turning Wednesday


#1 here. The last few weeks have been tough on the blogging world. Two legends of our community, Nellie and Flynn have left for the Bridge over the past few weeks, and they will be sorely missed. Closer to home Tommy lost both his Mama, Minnie, and his aunt, Cora.

A couple of days ago, a friend of ours in Japan lost her beloved cat, Kirimaru. The name means Fog Boy and the cat was found wandering alone in a mountainous area in 2004. He was clearly a pure-bred cat who had been thrown away for some reason. They never knew his exact age but estimate he was at least 17 when he made his final journey. The reason for talking about it is that I would like to show you how beautiful the Japanese crematorium for animals is, how full of kindness and love the environment and process are.

Kirimaru was carried in in a box filled with roses:


There was a lovely Buddhist altar, just like for humans:


And a beautiful photo of Kirimaru:


Sometime ago, I featured a magazine that was dedicated to "Japan, the Cat Country". It really is, isn't it?

Run Free, Kirimaru. You will meet Nellie and Flynn, Minnie and Cora,  and so many others at the Bridge. 


19 comments:

Mark Muller said...

I'm so sorry for your friend Kirimaru... and I send a big hug to the furmily...

Mickey's Musings said...

Yes, it has been a sad week in the Cat Blogosphere.
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Kirimaru.
He was a handsome kitty.
WE send comforting purrs to his family.
The cremation process seems to be quite nice in Japan.
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

Summer said...

I think the way the Japanese send off their beloved animals is on a much higher plane than what often happens here in the U.S. and many other countries. Purrs to Kirimaru's family.

Alex said...

Very moving post...

Marg said...

That is such a great post and so nice to hear how the Japanese treat their cats. That is so terrific. Lovely pictures.

Kari said...

Thank you for the lovely post, #1. There has been so much loss lately. The wheel does turn.
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Kirimaru. Our thoughts are with his family and those he leaves behind. Looking into his luminous eyes, we can see what a special boy he was. (And what a wonderful name.) His funeral was beautiful. The perfect close to his life. He enters eternal rest surrounded by peace and tranquility.

Nanük said...

Quite beautiful. Safe travels kitties,

NukNuk

Random Felines said...

it has been a tough few weeks and we are sending purrs to all of those families

LP said...


How beautiful. Were that all living beings were treated with equal kindness and respect upon their departure of this earth. Our sincere condolences to Kirimaru's family. He once was lost but for the greater part of his life, he certainly was found.

the critters in the cottage xo

Maxwell Faraday Richman said...

How lovely. Truly a tender way to comfort the humans who grieve.

Tamago said...

I'm so sorry your friend lost her sweet Kirimaru. I love seeing how he was sent off, with lots of love and respect. When I visited my hometown a few years ago, I found a companion animal monument newly built at cemetery. I thought that was wonderful.
My sincerest condolences to Kirimaru's family.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

What a beauty Kikimaru was!!! So sorry for the loss of your friend and so many other losses too. We could all learn a lot from the Japanese and how they honor their furries.

Woos - Lightning and Misty

Brian said...

Yes, such a sad time. We are very sorry to hear about dear Kirimaru.

The Swiss Cats said...

We're so sorry for Kirimaru. What a beautiful way to honor him ! Our angels Isis, Hercule, Céleste, and Loupi are in the garden, and Claire and Momo always put their favorite toy and one flower with them for their last trip. You're right, it's been a rough week/month for the Cat Blogosphere. Purrs

Two French Bulldogs said...

So sorry to hear about your friend. That is awesome there is a beautiful ceremony
Lily & Edward

The Island Cats said...

We're so sorry to hear abut Kimimaru. So much sadness lately.

Just Ducky said...

Kimimaru had a good send off to the other side.

Hisiableue said...

C'est une "jolie" façon pour préparer ce voyage. Kimimaru est parti avec respect.
Bonne soirée
Nat à Chat

Mariodacat said...

That was very interesting information about the Japanese kitty. Thanks so much for sharing that with us. I have heard that the Japenese really love their kitties and take extra good care of them. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the human of that kitty.