Can someone stay married yet divorced at same time? Yes, in Japan, that's possible
When Yuriko Nishi's three grown-up sons left home, she asked her husband of 36 years an unusual question: Was there any dream married life had prevented him from fulfilling?
"We started wondering what path should we be walking on," says Nishi, 66. "We told our children it was a good chance to evolve our family."
Like many others in Japan, the couple decided to graduate from marriage -- or "sotsukon."
This was not divorce.
Sotsukon is for couples still in love, who decide to "live apart together" in their sunset years to achieve their separate dreams.
In a nation with an aging population, the idea has taken root.
Living apart together
Yoshihide Ito, 63, after working for decades as a cameraman in Tokyo, told his wife he wanted to escape city life and return to his home prefecture of Mie, in southern Japan, to become a rice farmer.
Nishi wished to continue her career as a fashion stylist in the capital.