Chiba man arrested for writing “Amazon! on the Shinto shrine

Looks like he’s either really happy or really mad at online retail.

On December 15, the normally quiet compound of Sakuragi Shrine in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture was defiled by a mysterious vandal with a permanent black marker. A total of 13 locations, including stone signs and monuments, were scribbled with various phrases, but most often “Amazon!”

▼ Incident Report

Fortunately, surveillance cameras at the shrine caught the perpetrator in the act, and the footage, along with eyewitness accounts, led police to the recent arrest of 34-year-old Rentaro Shimada. After being charged with vandalism, Shimada admitted to the crime, but left us unanswered to the big question of “why”, or at least “why Amazon”.

While the word “Amazon!” was central to most of his doodles, Shimada also left several messages, some of which outright defied grammatical or logical meaning. Perhaps we can glean a motive based on some of the posts he wrote, as best we can understand them.

“Amazon! Those guys aren’t here!
“Messenger from Brazil, Amazon!” »
“That’s thin! Amazon!”

Or not… However, the “Brazil” reference could indicate that he was referring to the rainforest rather than the retailer. Many online comments also struggled to rationalize what happened there last December.

“Amazon follower.
” I really do not understand. I guess it’s just fun for him.
“I sometimes thank God for Amazon, but I’m not going to write it about a shrine.”
“Maybe he wrote Amazon because the shrine is surrounded by a lot of trees.”
“I wonder if any of the Rakuten-sponsored outlets carry this story.”
“Amazon lol.”
“It’s probably stealth marketing. They fear that people will forget about Amazon.
“The one time he wrote it over an arrow, like a play on the logo. That doesn’t explain the other 12 times.

Police also believe Shimada is responsible for five cases of Amazon-themed graffiti at the Atago Shrine in the heart of Noda City. These writings were limited to the word “Amazon!” and focused on the chozuya basin where guests purify their hands with water. The estimated cost of cleaning up all this damage was 300,000 yen ($2,600). In particular, writing on wooden surfaces required scraping or chemical treatments to remove it.

It will probably take a bit of psychological scrubbing to uncover the true motive behind this particular downgrade. Although purely coincidental, we here at SoraNews24 also conducted our own experiment to push a grown man over the edge into buying the worst products sold on Amazon. Come to think of it, after his very small gloves, Masanuki carries his pencils everywhere he goes and looks at places of worship at an unusual length these days.

We will keep you posted…

Source: FNN Prime Online, Iza Topic, Chiba Nippo, Hachima Kiko
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