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Famous Deaths Today: 1683 – Yaoya Oshichi, a young girl burned at the stake for arson in 17th Century Japan.

Yaoya Oshichi, literally “greengrocer Oshichi”, was a daughter of the greengrocer Tarobei. She lived in the Hongō neighborhood of Edo at the beginning of the Edo period. She attempted to commit arson after falling in love with a boy. This story became the subject of joruri plays. The year of her birth is sometimes given as 1666. In December 1682, […]

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