Samurai executioner, beheading was the most common form of capital punishment in Japan. The criminal kneeled on a mat placed in front of a rectangular pit about 2 or 3 feet deep. He was usually blindfolded and stretched his head over the pit, the executioner whisked off the wretched man’s head at one blow. He was a well known practitioner with a very tolerable income. He received some 7 ichiboos (about $2.30) per head, and had taken off as many as 350 heads in a 12 months.