Tomohiro Matsu, a prominent manga author, died on May 2. There was an outpouring of grief by those who knew him, especially those who worked with Matsu on his manga projects, many of which were adapted into animes.
Recently, his family conducted a kokubetsushiki, which is a viewing. People can visit his coffin and say goodbye before the deceased is cremated. Many artists who worked with Matsu took the opportunity to draw on the coffin images of the characters that he created and to write farewell messages.
Hiroshi Aizawa, an illustrator, took photos of the results and commented, "he wanted his send-off to be like a fun festival." It worked! You can see more pictures of the coffin at Rocket News 24.
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