Stone monument of Zenigata Heiji

Japanese TV drama|Beautiful Japanese culture!| “Zenigata Heiji”


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“Zenigata Heiji”

Stone monument

There was another stone monument at Kanda Myojin that caught my attention. That is the “Monument of Zenigata Heiji,” located a little further in from the main shrine. It was built in the center of a stone Kan’ei Tsuuho coin-shaped structure. It was erected in 1970 at the initiative of the Japan Writers Club. Next to it was a small monument of his henchman Hachigoro.

Stone monument of Heiji and Hachigoro
Stone monument of Heiji and Hachigoro

“Zenigata Heiji” is a TV dramatization of the novel “Zenigata Heiji detective’s memoirs” written by Kodo Nomura (1882-1963). Its main actor was Hashizo Okawa, and it aired every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. from 1966 to 1984.

The time period of the story is the Edo period. Heiji Oyabun (boss), the master Okappiki, uses his deductive powers to solve the mysteries of crime cases, and solves the cases together with his Kobun (henchman), Shitappiki Hachigoro. The drama always had a very human story, and there was always a sense of security that the bad guy would be caught in the end. So to speak, it is like a present-day detective drama.

In the Edo period, there were men called “Okappiki” who worked under the command of officials. They had the role of searching for and arresting criminals. And they had their henchman called “Shitappiki.”

Heiji was set up to live in Kanda Myojin Shita Daidokoromachi. Despite the fact that he is a fictional character, the monument was erected in the precincts of Kanda Myojin while the drama was still on the air. How chic! I think we can say that it was such a national popular program.

I loved “Zenigata Heiji” when I was a child, and I watched it every week without fail. Throwing coin, or “nage-sen,” was Heiji’s weapon. That coin was called Kan’ei Tsuho in the Edo period. I felt better and refreshed every time a coin was thrown at the right moment, it always hit the target, and the bad guys were punished. I am sure that many people born in the Showa period can agree with me.

It was a pleasant discovery to find a monument of a hero of a national popular historical TV series in the precincts of a venerable shrine. I thought this was one of the Japanese cultures of the good old days, the Showa period.