The 15-year-old maiden Oshichi was executed in Edo in 1682. Her neighborhood having been destroyed by fire, she and her family found refuge at a temple, where she met and fell in love with a temple page named Ikuta Shonosuke. When the family home was rebuilt, the lovers were unable to meet. The poor distracted girl hatched a feverish plan. Fire had brought the lovers together once; wouldn't another fire reunite them? She set the fire, was caught in the act, and punished according to the letter of the law---that is, she was paraded through the streets of Edo and then burned at the stake.
And she deserved it ... starting fire in a wooden city