|Born||April 11, 1937|
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, 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.
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