A FAMOUS Japanese shrine is facing ruin following the
shocking murder earlier this month of its head priestess.
According to Japan
Times, Nagako Tomioka (58) was killed on 7 December by her brother
Shigenaga (56), apparently because of a bitter row over who had control of the
ancient temple. Shigenaga attacked her using a traditional samurai sword,
slicing it through her heart and the back of her neck. He then killed himself
and his wife.
The shrine is called Tomioka Hachimangu and was built in
1627 in Tokyo.
The Shinto shrine used to be a favourite place to visit for
many Japanese. About 200 000 visitors usually come to make their wishes at New
Year. It is surrounded by restaurants and businesses that usually do a roaring
trade as a result.
But local business owners are this year expecting a
plunge in the number of visitors.
“Nobody will come to visit us after such an incident,” an
unnamed man is quoted as saying. “No one will want to pay respects at a murder
Business owners have reported about a 30% drop in
bookings since the horror bloodshed.
Tomioka Hachimangu shrine is also well known for its Fukagawa
Hachiman summer festival in August, which is one of the three biggest festivals
in Tokyo. It is also popular as a venue for wedding ceremonies and “shichi-go-san”
traditional rites to wish for the healthy growth of children, said the report.