The time farting lead to murder and the fall of one of Japan’s great samurai clans

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

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Japan’s Chiba Prefecture was once ruled by a samurai whose death was flatulence-related.

The samurai era was a violent period of Japan’s history. Particularly in the Sengoku period, members of the warrior class were more or less constantly at risk that their life could come to a sudden end as the result of a dispute over land, power, or honor.

Or, in the case of one prominent samurai, over farts.

Chiba Kunitane was the 29th lord of the Chiba clan, which controlled a section of east Japan then called Shimosa (present-day Chiba Prefecture). In 1585, as was the

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