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[en anglais] La malediction d'un shogun sur la tombe duquel se construit un hotel...

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MessagePosté le: 09 Déc 2004 01:42    Sujet du message: [en anglais] La malediction d'un shogun sur la tombe duquel se construit un hotel...

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Un interessant article sur les superstitions au Japon, meme dans les milieux economiques... En gros, certaines personnes attribuent les problemes financiers de Seibu Railway Co., qui est egalement proprietaire de la chaine Prince Hotel, a la construction d'un nouvel hotel sur la tombe d'un shogun...

Quand le tunnel reliant Hokkaido a Tohoku avait ete construit, plusieurs ouvriers etaient morts, et cela avait ete attribue a une "malediction" qui decoulait de l'endroit ou etait construit le tunnel.

Voila qui explique la presence d'autels sur le terrain juste avant le debut de la construction d'un nouveau batiment.


Shogun's graveyard curse haunts crumbling business empire

By Ryann Connell, December 8, 2004

Kokudo Corp. has been plagued by scandals and misfortune in recent months; its Seibu Railway Co. subsidiary was ripped off the Tokyo Stock Exchange following a scandal, its founder -- and once the world's wealthiest man -- Yoshiaki Tsutsumi was pressured into resigning all his group company executive posts and now, employees of its struggling Prince Hotel chain face the prospect of getting their winter bonuses late for the first time in the company's history.

"We were told about the late bonuses in late November. We're normally paid in the first week of December, but this has been put back until the middle of the month," a Prince Hotel insider tells Flash. "We're all worried about whether the bonuses will really be paid and, if so, how much are they gonna cut from them."

Most companies in Japan withhold large chunks of employees' monthly wages and then repay them without interest in twice yearly bonuses handed out in July and September. Some say that putting the Prince Hotel chain workers' bonus payments in doubt is the Tokyo Prince Hotel Park Tower, a 33-story lodging currently being built in preparation for its opening next spring.

"Park Tower is being built right on top of the grave of Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada, the second Tokugawa Shogun," a Seibu insider says. "That's why the company's going through all these troubles."

The men's weekly points out that the hotel in Tokyo's Minato-ku is being built on land once owned by the Zojoji Buddhist temple.

"Zojoji was desperate for money immediately after the war and sold off about half the land it owned. And Seibu Railway was there to take it off the temple's hands. It was formally registered as a gift, but actually quite a bit of money changed hands," the Seibu source tells Flash.

Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada, the 17th century ruler who outlawed Christianity in Japan and purged its believers, is one of six former shoguns buried on land that was or still is part of Zojoji Temple. When the temple sold the land, it was also supposed to have brought the spirit of the shogun with it. Excavations of the site in 1958 revealed the shogun's bones were still located in their original grave. For the past 40 years, the nearby Tokyo Prince Hotel has sat atop land housing ancient burial sites.

Of course, it's impossible to determine whether the Seibu Railway group is affected by a shogun's curse, but the weekly argues its heavy handed attitude rubs up the spine of Japanese who traditionally worship their ancestors.

"Discussions about building a hotel (where the Park Tower will be) first popped up more than a decade ago, but the Zojoji people were really against it, saying that there was no need to go out and build directly above Hidetada's grave and pointed out plenty of other spots where it could go," the Seibu insider tells Flash. "Normally, you wouldn't build above a graveyard. I think the oppressive manner the case was handled has invited all the trouble."

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