After Murder, Store Owners near Tokyo Shrine Nervous (News)
Tokyo, Dec. 28 (Jiji Press)—The shocking murder of the head priestess of a prominent Shintō shrine in Tokyo earlier this month sent shock waves through the local shopping area, with business owners bracing for a heavy blow to their sales in the busiest season of the year.
In the murder case, the head priestess, 58, was ambushed and killed near Tomioka Hachimangū shrine by her brother wielding a Japanese sword, apparently due to a family feud. The suspect also killed his wife and himself.
The incident, which made headlines, could not have happened at a more inopportune time for the area.
The shrine, which dates back to 1627, has sprawling grounds with lush greenery and usually receives about 200,000 visitors to make wishes for the New Year, making it one of the busiest shrines in the Japanese capital during the season.
Shrine officials and local stores and restaurants are concerned that visitor numbers could plummet this year in the wake of the murders.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]