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Tokyo - In Japan, caring for pets goes beyond the grave.

At Pet Rainbow Fiesta, a pet funeral expo, held in Tokyo on Monday, visitors were given a host of options on performing rites for dead pets, including cremation, constructing a household altar and making offerings of incense.

The basic funeral service fee starts from 95 800 yen (R11 000) for a one-kilogram hamster or bird and can go up to 114 800 yen (about R14 000) for a 20-kilogram dog, according to funeral services company Kokolone. A flower altar can be added for 30 000 (about R3500) yen or pet owners can hire the services of a violinist or pianist to add sombre music.

The funeral rituals underscore a Japanese belief that spirits need to be pacified - even if that comes at a tidy cost for your pet.