Nestled close to the bustle of Nagoya’s central shopping district, Amagasaka is a peaceful suburban area with a tragic love story from the past.
It is said that in the Edo/Tokugawa period (1603-1868) a samurai fell in love with a woman of common heritage. Although they had children (a child?) together, their marriage was not accepted in the eyes of society due to their difference in social class. Distraught at the realisation she could never be with her lover, the woman hanged herself from a cedar tree which is currently located nearby the pedestrian bridge connecting the Katayama Shrine and Amagasaka Park. Upon searching for her, her children (child?) became lost and perished in a now non-existent forest close to Katayama Shrine.
Although the area has recently developed into a leisure centre of cafes, parks, and schools, it once was a lonely, quiet pocket of trees. It is said that at night it is possible to spot mysterious hangman nooses from the branches of the historical cedar trees lining the bridge road. Sources claim to hear children’s voices calling for their mother at night, and red eyes have been seen among the tangle of trees surrounding the shrine.
It is argued that the area remains overgrown and generally untouched due to the council’s unwillingness to disturb any spiritual entities lingering among the trees.