Corpse Hotel Reaps Grim Profits in Japan

An employee adjusts a coffin sold at the Lastel corpse hotel during a photo opportunity in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, September 10, 2011. (Yuriko Nakao / Reuters)

A Buddhist monk takes a seat during a photo opportunity at funeral operator Lastel’s room where funeral services are conducted in Yokohama, south of Tokyo September 10, 2011. (Yuriko Nakao / Reuters)

An employee of funeral operator Lastel adjusts flowers inside a viewing room where coffins are delivered through hatches whenever friends and family come to pay their respects to the dead during a photo opportunity in Yokohama, south of Tokyo September 10, 2011. (Yuriko Nakao / Reuters)

An employee adjusts flowers in a viewing room, where chilled encoffined corpses are delivered through hatches through an automated storage system, during a photo opportunity at the Lastel corpse hotel in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, September 10, 2011. (Yuriko Nakao / Reuters)

Morticians prepare a body at the Lastel corpse hotel in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, September 10, 2011. (Yuriko Nakao / Reuters)

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