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Mori-no-boen
― A New Concept Cemetery that Restores Natural Forests

Mori-no-boen is a new cemetery concept. The cemetery is set in a forest damaged by development activities, and native trees are planted in lieu of gravestones in the hope of restoring natural forests. This program is open to any religion and also to pets as family members. ECSJ runs this cemetery program in a beautiful satoyama landscape on the Boso Hills, where Grey-faced buzzards and Ural owls raise their young and Japanese fireflies live in the streams. A tree planted in lieu of a gravestone in memory of your loved one can be chosen from more than 20 species of local native trees. The planted tree is grown with wildflowers to be part of a beautiful native laurel forest on the Boso Hills over the years of ecological succession. Two hectares of natural forest surrounding our Mori-no-boen will also be conserved as a trust land for ever.

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