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Tortures Used in the Mid-Meiji Era (1868-1912) #3: Weight-Stacking Torture #2
1958 - 1963

Meiji Chu Rinchi #3: Omoshizeme #2
[Tortures Used in the Mid-Meiji Era (1868-1912) #3: Weight-Stacking Torture #2]
21.1 x 30.4 cm Ink Painting

Text on the Right Side
This Torture reminds us of Sogoro Sakura.
The sandbag on the victim's thighs weighed more than 50 kg, and two 60-mm-square oak blocks were laid beneath his shins.

Chief Regulator's Words
"Koyatsu gojo de ochakuda. Ma hitotsu agero!"

"This boy is a hard nut and very bold. Give him one more bag!"

Text on the Left Side
No one could be a personnel boss (regulator or torishimari) unless he could beat others as easily as beating drums. A man who showed others sympathy could not do this kind of job. Such a man was regarded as a fool by miners because most of them were rough guys.

[Translator's Notes: Sogoro Sakura was a village headman in the early Edo era, who was reportedly crucified after appealing directly to the Shogun to save his villagers groaning under a heavy tax burden.]

Translation Assisted by Mr. Nathan Johndro

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