Shinmon Aoki

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Shinmon Aoki
Born (1937-04-11) April 11, 1937 (age 82)
OccupationWriter, poet

Shinmon Aoki (Japanese: 青木新門; born April 11, 1937) is a Japanese writer and poet. He is best known for his memoirs Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician,[1] published in 1993. The book was based on his diaries during a period in which he worked as a mortician in the 1970s, a profession which is traditionally regarded as a taboo in Japan due to their perception of death. In 2008 his memoirs were adapted into a successful Academy Award-winning feature film, Departures, by filmmaker Yōjirō Takita.[2]


  1. ^ Green, Ronald (December 4, 2013). Buddhism Goes to the Movies: Introduction to Buddhist Thought and Practice. Routledge. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-135-01994-5.
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (December 14, 2010). Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2011. Andrews McMeel. p. 307. ISBN 978-0-7407-9769-9.