Japanese Woman Destroys $1M Worth Of Violins Over Divorce

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Midori Kawamiya confessed to breaking and entering her ex-husband’s home in Nagoya in 2014, but did not admit she damaged his musical equipment.

Violins In Japan

So, it’s official now: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Midori Kawamiya learned her husband was leaving her, so in return, she tried to do as much damage to him as she could — and that meant attacking his priceless violin collection.

The estranged wife of a former violin maker in Nagoya, Japan, has been arrested on suspicion of destroying 54 violins and 70 bows that belonged to her former spouse. The damage was worth $950,700, police reported.

Kawamiya, a 34-year-old seller of musical instruments, confessed to breaking and entering her ex-husband’s home in Nagoya in 2014, but did not admit she damaged his musical equipment. The woman’s 62-year-old husband, a Norwegian, was both a manufacturer and collector of violins.

The violent incident took place at a time when the couple was in the midst of a divorce and her husband was away on a business trip.

The most valuable instrument from among the 54 casualties was a $445,000 Italian-made violin, said Kyodo news agency.

Kawamiya has just now been arrested. The woman traveled to China several times after the incident (she is apparently a Chinese national) and was detained by the police on her return to Tokyo, reported Nikkan Sports.

“The total financial damage claimed by the victim is 105.9 million yen,” a police spokesman from the central prefecture of Aichi, where the crime allegedly took place, said. “She is suspected of entering the home by breaking a window sometime between Jan. 30 and Feb. 19 in 2014.”

Many Twitter users found humor in the situation.

 

 

 

 

 

Banner/Thumbnail: Reuters, Stefano Rellandini

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