Death Cafe profile for Steven M
About Steven M:
I am a lecturer at Hirosaki Gakuin University and a member of our research team, Death:Agora.
We have begun organizing and holding Death Cafes for students and community members to come together and talk about death.
What brings you to Death Cafe?
I am interested in getting people talking about death and dying in more open ways. In Japan, as in much of the west, talking about death just isn't done. I am hoping to do my part to change that.
What would you like your legacy to be?
I hope my students can look back at what they did at university and see the Death Cafe as a positive part of that experience.
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A Death Café was held in the learning commons on the evening on October 25th. 10 students, teachers, and community members gathered to talk about death while drinking tea and eating sweets. This third and final death café of 2021 was notable in that participants came from not only Hirosaki city, but also Aomori city and Kyoto.
The Death Café began with each participant introducing themselves and stating their reasons for attending. The attendants at this Death Café had either attended Death Cafés previously or were death practitioners. As a result, both the reasons for attending and the discussion that arose was focused more on societal ...
A Death Café was held on the evening on July 26th. 9 students, teachers, and community members gathered to talk about death while drinking tea and eating sweets. This was the second Death Café held at Hirosaki Gakuin University. This Death Café was unique, as it was also live streamed on YouTube, to allow for participation from people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate. Several people from across the country watched the live stream. In the future, it is hoped that it will be possible to create more chances to participate virtually.
This second café went well. Participants began the evening by introducing themselves and ...
With Steven MacWhinnie
Oct. 25, 2021, 5.30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. (JST)
For this Death Cafe we hope to be able to provide a hybrid format where people who wish to participate online will be able to do so. If this is ...
With Steven MacWhinnie
July 26, 2021, 5.30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. (JST)
A Death Café was held in the learning commons on the evening on May 24th. 13 students, teachers, and community members gathered to talk about death while drinking tea and eating sweets. This was the first of a series of Death Café events which will be held throughout the coming years. It was a calm, relaxed place for people to come and talk openly about death.
Plans had been made to begin holding Death Cafés starting in 2020, but due to the global pandemic, it was delayed. This Death Café took place taking care to follow corona virus preventative measures.
This first café went well. Participants ...
With Hirosaki Gakuin University
May 24, 2021, 5.30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. (JST)