Design Your Own Ending

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Japanese people are rather fond of sharing important life events together, such as in "shukatsu" (job hunting), "konkatsu" (dating), and "shukatsu" (funeral preparations.) In a rapidly aging society, more Japanese are seeking alternative burial styles, like being interred under a tree or scattering their ashes in the ocean. Design Your Own Ending explores the changing attitudes towards death in modern Japanese society.

Director Mayu Nakamura
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Life / Tradition / Society
Air Date (JST) Monday, April 24, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017 *rerun

On Demand


Mayu Nakamura

Mayu Nakamura


Mayu was born in Kyoto and spent 14 years studying in London and New York. With a degree from the Graduate Film Program NYU, Mayu released in 2006 her first fiction feature The Summer of Stickleback, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival. In 2012, she directed the documentary Lonely Swallows – Living as the Children of Migrant Workers, a feature-length film about Japanese-Brazilian children trying to survive in Japan and Brazil. The film won the Grand Prix in Documentary Features at the Brazilian Film Festival. In 2015, Mayu directed another documentary feature titled Alone in Fukushima, which chronicles the life of a man who chooses to remain inside the nuclear evacuation zone to care for his animals. The film was screened at the Montreal World Film Festival and shown in theaters across Japan. Mayu currently directs documentary and travel programs mainly for NHK WORLD.

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