Personal pieces based on a Japanese phenomonon called Kodokushi, or in English, lonely deaths. It’s a Japanese phenomenon of people dying alone and remaining undiscovered for a long period of time. In aging Japan, thousands die alone and unnoticed every year.

Sadly this happens a lot in Japan due to an ageing population among other things. In 2010 Tokyo’s oldest man at 111 years of age turned out to be mummified in his own apartment for more than 30 years.

Kodokushi has become a household word. In Tokyo alone, 4,777 people died this way in 2017, according to Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health. More than half were men, and the vast majority were older than 60. Gruesomely, roughly a third died two to three days before the body was found – and almost 10% of bodies lay there for more than a month.’ - The Guardian 2019

© 2019 by Maaike Canne