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Newspaper photo taken shortly after her arrest.

Sada Abe (阿部 定 Abe Sada, 1905–?) is infamous in Japan for erotically asphyxiating her lover, Kichizo Ishida and then cutting off his penis and testicles on May 18, 1936, and carrying them around with her in her handbag. Image File history File links Sada_Abe. ... Image File history File links Sada_Abe. ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... The penis (plural penises, penes) is an external male sexual organ. ... Human male anatomy The testicles, known medically as testes (singular testis), are the male generative glands in animals. ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Abe Sada panic

When her crime was discovered the next day, it was an instant sensation. With a "sexually and criminally dangerous woman on the loose," the nation was gripped with "Abe Sada panic". The media showered the public with details of how Sada, wrote "Sada and Kitchi together" on the sheets, in blood, and carved her name on his arm with a knife. She was able to avoid the police for three days before she was arrested, still carrying his severed genitalia. When she was apprehended on May 21, she was reported to be 'beaming with happiness.' Her story garnered her a great deal of sympathy in Japan, was avidly covered by the media, and was one of Japan's most notorious scandals. May 21 is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A scandal is a widely publicized incident involving allegations of wrong-doing, disgrace, or moral outrage. ...

She was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison. The sentence was commuted, however, in 1940, on the occasion of the celebration of the 2,600th year after Emperor Jimmu came to the throne. She then assumed an alias and later married, but her husband divorced her when he discovered her identity. Later she became an actress, portraying herself in several productions about the 1936 incident. Commutation of sentence involves the reduction of legal penalties, especially of terms of imprisonment. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Meiji era print of Emperor Jimmu Emperor Jimmu (神武天皇 Jinmu Tennō; also known as: Kamuyamato Iwarebiko; given name: Wakamikenu no Mikoto or Sano no Mikoto, born according to legend on January 1, 711 BC, and died, again according to legend, on March 11, 585 BC,[citation needed] was the mythical founder... A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ... For the record label, see Divorce Records. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...

After her arrest, Ishida's penis and testicles were moved to the Tokyo University Medical School's pathology museum, but they disappeared.[1] Sada Abe too disappeared, in 1971, and her subsequent whereabouts are unknown. A few testimonies may mean she died in 1987-1989. She stopped putting flowers to the Kichizo's grave in about 1987. And Aiko Gibo wrote that she had seen the Sada's grave on her book which published in 1989.


Sada Abe was the youngest daughter the upper middle-class family of a tatami mat maker. As the youngest she was doted on by her mother and had the run of the house. When she was 14 she was raped, and even though her parents defended and supported her, she became a surly and uncontrollable teenager. She acted out and was irresponsible, so her parents sold her to a geisha house, hoping to find her a place in society with some direction. Six-mat room with tatami flooring and shoji Tatami ) (originally meaning folded and piled) mats are a traditional Japanese flooring. ... Women posing as maiko (geisha apprentices), Kyoto, Japan wearing traditional furisode and okobo Geisha ) are traditional, female Japanese entertainers, whose skills include performing various Japanese arts, such as classical music and dance. ...

In Japan there is some debate about whether she wanted to become a geisha (in those days, geishas were minor celebrities and were thought to lead glamorous lives), or if she was sold as a punishment for her sexual promiscuity. Sada Abe’s sister Teruko had multiple lovers: as punishment, her father sold her to a brothel. In Japan this was fairly common. However, her father later bought her back. Teruko married sometime afterward, and "her sexual history was no obstacle to marriage for somebody of her natal class."[2]

To become truly successful in the geisha world required years of training. The most successful had been sold as children and raised as geishas. Abe spent five years as a low ranking geisha, little more than a high-class prostitute. Her services were mostly sexual and she spent five years plying her trade. After a bout of syphilis and thus consequently facing regular examinations, she chose to become a licensed prostitute. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...

After a few years in the trade, she decided to run away and change her name in order to avoid her owners, who required she pay off a debt of 2000 yen (a huge amount in those days) for her expenses. With no training or skills, she moved from one menial job to another before returning to prostitution.

Seeing no future in that trade, she again tried to "go straight" and was employed as a maid in a hotel, the Yoshidaya. The owner was Kichizo Ishida, whom she would eventually murder after a passionate affair.

Sada Abe in film

There have been at least three movies detailing her life: Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ...

Noboru Tanaka (1937-2006), Japanese film director Noboru Tanaka (田中登 - Tanaka Noboru) (August 15, 1937 - October 4, 2006) was a Japanese film director best known known for his Roman Porno films, including three critically-respected films known as the Showa trilogy: A Woman Called Sada Abe (aka Sada Abe: Docu-Drama... A Woman Called Sada Abe ) (1975) is a pink film version of the Sada Abe story directed by Noboru Tanaka. ... Nagisa Oshima (大島 渚 Ōshima Nagisa, born March 31, 1932) is a famous Japanese director. ... In the Realm of the Senses (dvd) In the Realm of the Senses (Ai no Korīda, 愛のコリーダ, lit. ... Censorship is the removal and withholding of information from the public by a controlling group or body. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean by UNESCO. [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ...


  • There is also a four bass noise band in Perth, Western Australia, named Abe Sada.


  1. ^ http://www.japantoday.com/jp/book/218
  2. ^ Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star: A Woman, Sex, and Morality in Modern Japan by William Johnston,

  Results from FactBites:
Sada Abe - Biocrawler (307 words)
Sada Abe (阿部 定 Abe Sada, 1905 - after 1970) is famous in Japan for a bizarre occurrence in 1936.
On May 18 of that year, Sada Abe erotically asphyxiated her lover, Kichizo Ishida, during sex at the hotel he owned.
Sada Abe disappeared in 1970 and her subsequent whereabouts are unknown.
Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal (3505 words)
Sada Abe was the seventh of eight children of Shigeyoshi and Katsu Abe, a respectably hard-working, but undistinguished upper middle-class family of tatami mat makers in Tokyo's Kanda neighborhood.
Abe's mother encouraged her to take lessons in singing and in playing the shamisen, both activities which, at the time, were more closely associated with geisha and prostitutes than with classical artistic endeavor.
Abe's apologies were for the damage to his political career that she knew his association with her was bound to cause.
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