Cruel Attack at a Inari Shrine—Four Statues Broken at Kego Shrine in Tenjin, Fukuoka

Broken Inari Statue

Translated from:

April 25, 2015 (Updated April 26, 2015)

At about 1 AM on the morning of the 25th, in 2Chome, Tenjin ward, Fukuoka City, four stone fox statues were found broken on the grounds of Kego Shrine. The police station made a check for other property damage. The statues were pushed off their bases and their heads broken off. So far, no tools or implements have been found that may have been used in the crime. There are no suspects.

According to a patrolman, the four statues were located at the main shrine at the south entrance of the temple grounds. This deity of the shine is the “Goddess Inari of Profits and Gains” The statues were approximately 1.2 – 1.5 meters in height. It is thought the heads were broken off before they were pushed off their bases. They were discovered by a temple volunteer walking the perimeter.

Headless Inari Statue

According to the police, temples and shrines in Nara and Kyoto have been desecrated by someone splashing an oil-like substance on the shrines. It is not known if the two attacks are related.

The statues were carved by Kunihiro Seiho (76) and his father. They dedicated the statues in thanks of a long and healthy life of good work. Seiho was enraged, saying “I would visit the statues once a month. They mattered. Why would anyone do something like this? I can’t understand at all.”

Translator’s Note:

I’ve never put up a newspaper article here before, but there seemed to be a lot of interest in this so I thought I would! A terrible act of vandalism.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Civanfan
    May 01, 2015 @ 23:28:10

    Not again! Can’t Japan go one week without some crazy occultist yahoo trying to break the seal on an apocalyptic force of evil? At least there’s no shortage of mouthy teenagers with secret mystical backgrounds to handle this stuff.


  2. angela1313
    May 02, 2015 @ 04:08:54

    Thanks for sharing Zack. In my experience this kind of vandalism is more common in America. Such a shame for the temple, the sculptor and everyone.


  3. Anonymous
    May 02, 2015 @ 11:23:51


  4. bolithio
    May 03, 2015 @ 10:49:34

    How Terrible


  5. SengokuSophie
    May 04, 2015 @ 04:55:04

    This is horrendous! I’d (sadly) expect this sort of thing to be a semi-regular occurrence in Britain, but not Japan…


  6. puglover22
    May 05, 2015 @ 09:21:56

    Reblogged this on Witchery in the Express Lane and commented:
    Just disgusting. I can’t stand it that this happened and I don’t approve of it.


  7. lady39jane
    May 12, 2015 @ 08:17:12

    The Minds of People Are so Ugly. It was probably some twit who thought it would be funny.


  8. mahouhoho
    May 22, 2015 @ 16:07:00

    This makes me so, so sad. My stomach was churning just reading this. 訳がぜんぜん理解できないんです。英訳をしてくれて、いつもありがとうございます。


  9. Anonymous
    Oct 18, 2015 @ 21:34:01

    Is there any new on these events? Have any more occurred, have the perps been caught?


  10. Ravaen
    Nov 08, 2015 @ 20:16:46

    I am shocked. It makes me so very sad to think anyone could do this to Inari’s kind foxes who have only ever helped and protected everyone.


  11. Tamya
    Dec 13, 2015 @ 17:25:59

    Konnichiwa mizuki chan do never heard a story called kuchisake onna?


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