Love thy neighbor

Filed under: — jeff @ 11:58 pm

Earlier this week, Japundit reported that Miyoko Kawahara, the 58-year-old Nara woman who harassed her 64-year-old neighbor with incessant shouting and loud music day and night for nearly three years, recently pleaded not guilty to the charges of inflicting violence and injury on her neighbor.

Trouble started when Kawahara developed a grudge against her neighbor in 1989 after the older woman’s family moved in but did not come over to greet her, as is often the custom in Japan. A light that was reportedly too bright, a car that was parked the wrong way, and other incidents Kawahara perceived as slights added fuel to the feud over the years, apparently driving Kawahara over the edge and firmly into the realm of battydom.

Kawahara’s antics really have to be seen to fully appreciate her utter insanity. A video (WMV, 16MB) can be downloaded by clicking below. Enjoy!


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  1. Every Sunday afternoon, one of my neighbors (I think she lives 2 floors down), takes her kids to the rooftop patio. To my top-floor ears, the kids always seem to be either be jumping in lead shoes and tossing bricks around.

    But, it only lasts for a few minutes. And it’s 1/1000th of the annoyance of this crazy lady.

    Comment by Patrick — 6/30/2005 @ 2:37 pm

  2. a fury neighbour is a universal freak. from spain, histeria from a latin woman takes a diva turn quickly. moreover, she conspires until drive crazy all the community on a opera soup.

    I link conbininento on my blog because your talent are so naughty like a poet talent.

    Comment by elkenarra — 6/30/2005 @ 6:52 pm

  3. Patrick: I have a similar problem with the people who live in the apartment above mine. The way they stomp around all the time, you’d think they were playing hopscotch up there or something. That’s not as bad as my last place, though: the guy upstairs sounded like he was moving furniture around every night, and the two “ladies of the night” next door would wake me up every morning at around 4:30 when they came home from “work.”

    elkenarra: Wow, “naughty like a poet talent” — thank you! :D That really means a lot. However, we all know that you, señor, es un poeta magnifico!

    Comment by jeff — 7/1/2005 @ 12:38 am

  4. I have spent the betterpart of the day in the office discussing various tatics of how people would deal with this situation if it came up.
    More often than not, weird forms of vengeance.

    Comment by Peter — 4/22/2006 @ 10:23 am

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