Ramon Mikael S. Cabazor


I have to agree with Shokichi, the funeral director, that death is some gateway. It is a gateway to the next level of our lives, as no one has seen life after death. Regardless of religion, the journey to death, whether figuratively or literally,  would require us dying to ourselves in order to be reformed in a better way. I may not have near death experiences nor remembering of having one as such, but I am an active member in my church. To follow Christ, as it says in our bible, we should die to ourselves and commit to Christ. This is where the article claims that our experiences molds us to be a better form of ourselves by learning such experience, whether through belief or feeling. We enter a new level in our lives.


The view of the salmon struggling to return to their spawning grounds, including the dead fish floating by:

In life, we are committed to fulfill whatever purpose in life we may have for ourselves, even if the possibility of exhausting ourselves to the point of death. We are not deterred by how difficult the circumstances will be, but we continue to make an effort towards what we want to achieve in our own lives.

The scene involving the octopus which Daigo and Mika attempt to return to the sea:

  I like how this scene portrays that we do not have much control what our lives will be as we continue living. In the prior scene, the couple discover that the octopus is still alive and they plan to return it to sea, only to find out that it had already died when threw it in the matter. Sometimes, we want to be in control of our lives because if we leave up to chance, we get scared of the unknown. Like in this scene, the couple thought they were going a good thing, but maybe that was not the fate of the octopus. It teaches us to be open to the world, as you never know what the world may bring into your life.

The scene from Daigo’s boyhood in which his father gives him the stone letter:

 It is reminder how we associate people and memories with those people with things that they have given to us.  Despite Daigo is clouded with hate towards his dad due to the abandonment, he did not throw away or simply discarded the stone letter. With the stone letter, he is able to relive the memories he has shared with his father, even if he could not remember how his father looks like.

  The interaction with the funeral director who bids goodbye as he lights the fire that burns the coffin of Tsuyako the woman from the bath house:

 Despite it being a death scene, the idea of death should not hinder us from living our lives fully. Our lives right now, who knows, might be a preparation for the life to come after this one, whatever religion or beliefs you believe in.

  The collection of LP records that belonged to Daigo’s mother:

We tend to remember people and things through other things or experiences, I like how Mika pointed out, if Daigo’s mother simply did not care about Daigo’s father, then she would have simply thrown out those records. I have dealt with friends dying this couple of years back, but the experiences and moments I shared with them. It allows me to keep them living in my life, even if, they have gone ahead of me

  The room in which Daigo’s boss takes his meals:

It is kind of ironic that in order for us to keep living, we have to surround ourselves with our living things and consume them. It is sadly, as expressed in this scene by the boss, that we have eat something that was once beautiful and living in order to survive. The room itself is an example of how we surround ourselves with the beauty of living things, as it is a well-maintained garden as viewed in the scene.

  The Christmas celebration at the NK office:

Even if, they were working in such a depressing and taboo industry, they still found a way to enjoy the holidays with one another despite their circumstances and worries. That is how we should be living, we will never know when our day will be our last, so instead of worrying what we cannot control. We should enjoy the present and the beauty that it brings to us in our lives.


I would address a stone letter to the a crush I liked years before. The stone letter will be given, as how I have given her things in the past. Straightforward and Smiling with at least one of her favorite food to eat. The stone letter would be in a middle texture, not too smooth nor too rough, and this is how it will be initial address:

I know that we never ended up being together through some circumstances. I know that you are enjoying life together with your current guy; nonetheless, I’ll still be here in moments that you need someone to talk to and stuff. Thanks once again for being part of my healing this couple of years. Through thin and thick, still appreciate our friendship over the years.

I think my recipient would be dumbfounded at first, as she is the type who do not know how to reciprocate my acts of generosity well, but she will be still grateful nonetheless.