Hotel industry businessmen in Yokohama are trying to tap the “death” market in Japan, where the market is otherwise stagnant post tsunami.
Lastel corpse hotel in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, offers rooms for the dead while the bereaved families wait their turn in the queue for one of the city's overworked crematoriums.
This is just one example of how death is a rare booming market in Japan, Reuters reports.
The Lastel corpse hotel has viewing rooms, where chilled coffined dead bodies are delivered through hatches through an automated storage system.
The hotel has rooms only for the dead and funeral services. Family members and friends are made to stay separately at a condominium lodge, while they can come to pay their respects to the dead in the viewing rooms, adorned with flowers.
The hotel also sells coffins to make the maximum out of Japan’s death market.
Morticians prepare the body at the “funeral operator” Lastel corpse hotel before funeral services are conducted at the hotel.
Have a look at the inside of the Lastel corpse hotel in Yokohama: