Digital Memorialization in Death-Ridden Societies: How HCI Could Contribute to Death Rituals in Taiwan and Japan

  • Daisuke UriuEmail author
  • Ju-Chun Ko
  • Bing-Yu Chen
  • Atsushi Hiyama
  • Masahiko Inami
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11592)


Both Taiwan and Japan are entering an area of hyper aged and death-ridden society. The death rituals in both countries are rapidly changing due to urbanization and secularization, although both cultures have long histories and traditions for funeral and memorialization. Furthermore, some digital technologies have already been adopted in both countries, providing alternative changes for some occasions. This paper principally reports contemporary funeral and memorialization practices in Taipei and Tokyo by introducing insights from our fieldworks and interviews in both cities. These also include examples of digital technology adoption. Comprehensively understanding phenomena being caused by local faiths and traditions, we will discuss how ICT/HCI designers could contribute to the realm of local memorializations and more generally around the world, and what kind of design opportunities for the future death rituals they could be involved in.


Death and HCI Technology Mourning Funeral Memorialization Remembrance Thanatosensitive design Taiwan Japan 



We thank the ChinPaoXuan Group, Tomoetogyo Co., Ltd., and Amico Uriu for cooperating with us in our field studies, interviews, and feedback on this research. We also thank Hannah Gould for revising this paper’s English expression, and Chihiro Sato for providing photos.

This research is supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan as part of the Japan-Taiwan Collaborative Research Program (MOST106-2923-E-002-013-MY3), respectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daisuke Uriu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ju-Chun Ko
    • 2
  • Bing-Yu Chen
    • 3
  • Atsushi Hiyama
    • 1
  • Masahiko Inami
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Center for Advanced Science and TechnologyThe University of TokyoMeguro-kuJapan
  2. 2.Department of Interaction DesignNational Taipei University of TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.National Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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