【Tokyo,Daily Life】Was the millionaire a serial killer or a meritorious person?steemCreated with Sketch.

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This post will be long. Please read it as "a story somewhere in the world".




This is a story about a millionaire who actually existed in Tokyo, Japan, Nakano Ward, and Shinjuku Ward.
The place name The “CHOJYA” remains around in Shinjuku and Nakano Ward. For example, the name of the photo below on the border around between Shinjuku and Nakano is "Chojyabashi".



The “CHOJYA” usually means a wealthy person, but in the place name here, the “CHOJYA” refers to a real, millionaire. And this millionaire has a terrifying episode left.



"Yodobashi" is also the name of the bridge and the place name. If you have been to Tokyo, you may have heard of the famous Japanese electronics retail store "Yodobashi Camera".
That name came from this place. When this company was founded, it was headquartered in Yodobashi, Shinjuku-ku (now Nishi-Shinjuku).




According to this old-fashioned near by Yodobashi bridge, the place name "Yodobashi" was renamed by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Edo Shogunate (reigned 1623-1651). Before that, the bridge had an ominous name. It means "disappearing".

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The “CHOJYA” got the wealth and sent it to his servants to bury it in the mountains. On the way, there were those people bringing these, but only The “CHOJYA” came back. Yes, killing those who knew the secret so that he would not know where the wealth was buried.



Construction of skyscrapers began in Nishi-Shinjuku in the 1970s, and the Shinjuku area changed drastically. Residents are also changing now. But we can learn about the historical facts that the ward tells us about the past.



I am one of the new residents who moved 15 years ago. There is a shrine in the neighborhood of my house, and it is a walk course every morning. I know that it was the millionaire who built the shrine on the spot.

わたしのなかで彼は、長年「地域に対する貢献をした人」であったのですが、たまたま淀橋のこの看板で史実を知り、その後は、複雑な気持ちを抱えていました。「長者」は、殺人犯だったのか、地域の功労者だったのか? 今とは人権意識も異なるとはいえ、人が、殺人を犯しながら功労者であることは可能なのだろうかと。

So, for many years he was a "contributor to the community" in me. However, I learned the historical facts from this signboard of Yodobashi, and after that, I had mixed feelings.
Was the millionaire a murderer or a local meritorious person? Although it was an event in an era when human rights awareness was different, such as a clear difference in status, is it possible for one person to murder and the other to be a meritorious person?



I had the opportunity to talk to a non-profit organization that operates mainly in Shinjuku. As someone who seemed to be familiar with the history of the region, I talked about the millionaire's feelings of great complexity.


The answer was that the millionaire made wealth in that way at a young age, but when his daughter married, he converted and built a shrine to repent. In other words, there was a time lag between the murder and the construction of the shrine.




Personally, I don't think it's so easy to lose guilt when you're young. I feel that the millionaire must have suffered regret and continued to pray to God.


Contributions to the community, probably made by those who suffered, not by those who were kind and compassionate. With that in mind, it seems that the meaning of the walk to the shrine and the prayers there will increase.


Interesting history, thanks for sharing.

Thanks for your comment. Despite not being directly related, somehow I was a little concerned about this. It was nice to meet someone who knows history.