The works of Sakubei Yamamoto
Disasters and Lynchings

Tortures Used in the Mid-Meiji Era (1868-1912) #3: Weight-Stacking Torture
January 1965

Meiji Chuki Rinchi #3: Omori-zeme
[Tortures Used in the Mid-Meiji Era (1868-1912) #3: Weight-Stacking Torture]
38.1 x 54.4 cm Painting in Watercolors and Ink

Text on the Right
Omori-zeme was a torture that stacked stones on the lap of a person sitting straight like that used by local magistrates or administrators in the Tokugawa (Edo) period (1603-1867). Readily available mine timber was used instead of stones in pits. The mine timber of pine was considerably heavy. There were a lot of pieces of timber that weighed about 40 to 50 kilograms.

Text at the Top Left
It was said that several sandbags weighing about 50 kilograms each were ready for this torture. Two pieces of oak 50 millimeters square and 60 centimeters long were laid under the shins of the victims in Takashima Coal Pit in Nagasaki. It seems that no stones were used in this torture even in this pit.

Translation Assisted by Mr. Nathan Johndro

<<Last pictorial record    Next pictorial record>>

1 | 2|3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |   Next 10 Items>>