This story is in one of my books in my library but I can't remember which one. It takes place in Japan in the 1500's and supposedly is true. A girl in Tokyo bought a new kimono. A short time later, in spite of having been in good health all her life, she fell ill and died. The kimono was given to another girl and she too died a short time later. A third girl inherited the kimono--and yes, she also died soon afterwards. A priest decided the best thing to do with the kimono was to burn it. So he built a fire and put the kimono on it; the wind suddenly gusted and blew the flaming garment onto a building, starting a fire that burned down much of Tokyo. Has anyone else ever heard this story? It's not a supernatural tale and could easily have happened but I did a google search on it and found nothing.
Supposedly reported in Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Bonanza Books, Crown Publishing, 1985
quote:There was a big fire called the "Furisode-kaji" (furisode:long sleeve kimono, kaji:fire) in Edo in January of Meireki 3rd (1657). Almost all of the city including the main building of the Edo castle were burned. The population of the temple town suffered greatly from the fire. The next New Year there was another big fire called the Great Kichijo-ji fire, and this time the Kichijo-ji temple also burned. As a result the temple was moved to Komagome.
quote:A kimono, successively owned by three teenage girls, each of whom died before she had a chance to wear it, was believed to be so unlucky that it was cremated by a Japanese priest in February 1657. As the garment was being burned, a violent wind sprang up, fanning the flames and spreading them beyond control. The ensuing fire destroyed three-quarters of Tokyo. leveling 300 temples, 500 palaces, 9,000 shops, 61 bridges, and killing 100,000 people. (Noêl Nouet, Histoire de Tokyo, P.98)
There was defnitely a great fire in 1657, and I can find varying reports of it being started when a priest burned a long sleeved kimono. Hard ot know if it's real or another Mrs. O'Leary's cow--the best sources seem to be in Japanese.
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quote:Originally posted by Oona: I can sing and write songs, and if we need a trombone for any reason... that'd be me.
If you can do all three at once, I'll pay to see that.
Does this thread remind anyone else about the UL where the girl dies after wearing a wedding dress that was worn by a corpse??
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LOL. I'll play flute. Yes, it does sound like the one with the wedding dress. Supposedly, a girl didn't have much money, but was getting married the next week. She went to a small, dirty antique shop and found the perfect wedding dress. It was white, but slightly green around the edges. That was OK though! Her wedding was going to be green! She bought it, and wore it to her wedding. She danced with everyone there, and made a stunning bride. Soon, she was sweating (bad thing to do at your wedding) and so she sat down. After a while, she started to get a headache. (I'll probably get a migraine on the day of MY wedding.. Lucky me!) She went into the bathroom and started to throw up. She threw up until she couldn't anymore, and was weak. She crawled back out onto the dance floor, and in front of her new husband, died. It turns out that the dress she'd bought from the antique shop was a corpse's burial dress. The corpse had still had embalming fluid on it when she'd been placed in it. After the funeral, the merchant stole the dress and sold it for new. When the dancer had danced and started to sweat, it had leaked in through her pores.
That's nice, isn't it? Hey, I have a song. "Somali's tail in the air, long hair. Siamese, balinese, tonkinese, chesire cat is in the tree, socks is in the white house with Mon-I-ka lewinska, socks is in the white house baby... Cat crazy, cat crazy, cat crazy, cat crazy, cat crazy... Cat Cray-zeee" -Soda Popp, 1998
------------------ C'est la vie. (That's the life)
This reminds me of a Hammer Studios movie about a cult that picks sacrificial victims by watching to see who buys a particular kimino; anyone else see it/remember the title? I wonder if this legend inspired it?
Kat "I'll be the one playing the Blues King harp" O'Klzmk
what's the point of SEEING cake if you DON'T eat it??