|Death: ||Jan. 31, 1879|
This stone commemorates the woman who was the model for an important Kabuki play, "A Female Demon: Takahashi Oden" by Kanagaki Robun, which depicts her as the killer of three men. The fact, however, is that she killed only one, and that one was to obtain money to help her dying husband from a man who had cheated her. The story posted beside this stone here in Yanaka is based on the play, not on the facts. How did the fiction of a Kabuki play take the place of the truth?
In 1879 compulsory education for all children of the nation was just starting. The Ministry of Education used the script written by Kanagaki Robun to teach children about the terrible things that can happen to a woman who is uneducated and unchaste. Beginning in the early 20th century, a series of novels and movies were made based on the Kabuki play's distorted version of Oden's life.
This marker at Yanaka Cemetery was placed here by Kanagaki Robun as an expression of gratitude because his play had been an enormous success. Oden's actual remains are interred in Eko-in in Ryogoku, Tokyo. (bio by: wayne)
Cause of death: execution by decapitation
Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
Record added: Jan 28, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6134447
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