Yanaka in Tokyo was something else entirely. It was gorgeous. Like a zen garden populated with exquisite monuments. With rare exception, they were never more than 5 or 6 feet tall. They were awe-inspiring not for their size, but for there tasteful simplicity and elegance. I don't know how to describe it, so I'll provide a photo tour. Admittedly, there were some large stones and giant Buddha statues, but they somehow harmonized with the surrounding architecture. There was not an obvious social hierarchy as there was at the Necropolis. I thought it was fantastic.
I love cemeteries. And I don't find such a fascination morbid. First and foremost, I enjoy silence. And there are rarely screaming children and arguing couples wandering around. Secondly, they are often exceedingly beautiful. Mankind (the world over and throughout time) has lavished the dead with ornate structures and beautiful art. I've yet to make it to the largest headstones in the world (the pyramids), but I've seen some pretty cool places. I've said for the last several years that Necropolis in Glasgow, Scotland was my favorite cemetery in the world (It's a fun party game. "What's YOUR favorite city of the dead? No way! Mine too!!"). It has headstones that are 30 feet tall. It lies on a hill and the structures get larger and more elaborate as you near the summit. And the sun was setting while I was there, so by the time I reached the top it was dark, cold, windy and the incredible structures commanded awe. So when I think cemetery, I think dark, brooding baroque architecture.