Even Florida on its strangest days, no – even Russia, might as well be Iowa when compared to Japan.
Police in central Japan said Thursday that they were trying to find out who has been snatching human ashes from graves, mostly those of women.
Police in Toyama prefecture said they have received dozens of reports in July and August in which urns containing the ashes vanished from family graveyards and were replaced with written notes — some promising to take care of the remains.
It's the prosaic quality of the notes, as though this was nothing, that I find strangest:
Some of the people who opened the family graves instead found a piece of paper saying, "I got your ashes," Jiji said.
Another person had a note reading, "I will take care of it. Don't worry."