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Rest in peace! Japanese company develops couch that turns into coffin for ‘totally dark’ nap04:31

Rest in peace! Japanese company develops couch that turns into coffin for ‘totally dark’ nap

Japan, Kanazawa
October 26, 2020 at 15:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Japanese funeral company has developed a couch that folds into a coffin, as seen in Kanazawa on Monday.

SOCAN is a regular sofa at first look, but it can be turned into a rectangular-shaped funerary box in seconds.

"We continue to make various Japanese funeral supplies, but now we are focusing on creating works that are full of originality and ideas that cannot be found anywhere else," said Nishikawa Makoto, managing director at Sanwa Bussan funeral company.

Makoto explained that SOCAN is perfect for those who need a break in the middle of the day because the coffin couch "can make it totally dark."

"Perhaps it's really nice to be able to rest in the coffin. At first, we got exciting about the idea at our office, and in fact now, our employees are taking a rest and having a nap in the coffin here when they feel sleepy," Makoto added.

The manager said that the customers who have lain inside SOCAN told "they can meditate" and "improve their concentration."

The couch seen in the footage is a prototype. "I'm assuming as of now, we'd like to produce them to be sold for about 200,000 yen ($1,905, €1,612) to 300,000 yen ($2,857,€2,418)," Makoto said.

Rest in peace! Japanese company develops couch that turns into coffin for ‘totally dark’ nap04:31
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A Japanese funeral company has developed a couch that folds into a coffin, as seen in Kanazawa on Monday.

SOCAN is a regular sofa at first look, but it can be turned into a rectangular-shaped funerary box in seconds.

"We continue to make various Japanese funeral supplies, but now we are focusing on creating works that are full of originality and ideas that cannot be found anywhere else," said Nishikawa Makoto, managing director at Sanwa Bussan funeral company.

Makoto explained that SOCAN is perfect for those who need a break in the middle of the day because the coffin couch "can make it totally dark."

"Perhaps it's really nice to be able to rest in the coffin. At first, we got exciting about the idea at our office, and in fact now, our employees are taking a rest and having a nap in the coffin here when they feel sleepy," Makoto added.

The manager said that the customers who have lain inside SOCAN told "they can meditate" and "improve their concentration."

The couch seen in the footage is a prototype. "I'm assuming as of now, we'd like to produce them to be sold for about 200,000 yen ($1,905, €1,612) to 300,000 yen ($2,857,€2,418)," Makoto said.

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