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70 (Graveyard | 墓地)

November 20, 2010

Kibbutz Graveyard 1 | キブツの墓地1

Kibbutz Graveyard 2 | キブツの墓地2

I think the first time I came across this graveyard of our kibbutz was back in the height of summer. It must have been either around sunrise or sunset – those were the only bearable times during the day when we were able to take walks (but still came home drenched in sweat). The gentle sunlight peeked through the trees and the place looked magical, almost fairyland like.

What a beautiful place for departed souls to rest, I thought.
What a peaceful place.

(Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate when I took these pictures so I wasn’t able to nearly do justice of how beautiful this place can be.)




Kibbutz Graveyard 3 | キブツの墓地3

Kibbutz Graveyard 4 | キブツの墓地4

Since then I had been wanting to go back with my camera and finally managed to in early October. I entered the graveyard for the first time, having only walked past it previously. I enjoyed the little details I wasn’t able to notice from the outside – such as the variety of plants, flowers, and objects people put on the tombstones. So vibrant, colorful, almost playful at times. A very different graveyard from the ones I’m used to in Japan, where they are typically very solemn places even when punctuated with colorful flowers. (And the flowers are typically chrysanthemums, the most appropriate choice for tombstones and alters.) Even different from other graveyards I’ve seen here in Israel, where they have been more similar to the Japanese graveyards I described. Solemn, with similar tombs lined up one after another.


Peacock in the graveyard | 墓地で遭遇した孔雀

I could understand why this guy wanted to roam around this gorgeous place…


Kibbutz Graveyard 5 | キブツの墓地5

Yuval saw a funeral in the kibbutz amphitheater the other day. He told me that in Judaism, the body of a deceased person should be buried by the first night following their death in order to honor their body. That rule is probably not always possible to follow in this modern day and age. Yuval also told me about the seven day shee-VA that follows a funeral, where the family opens up their home to family and friends who wish to grieve with them, commemorate the person with them, bring them food, or simply be with them and help out during a time of need.


Much love,

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    November 21, 2010 7:07 am


    • November 21, 2010 9:34 am


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