In the winter of 1954, a murderer under death sentence escaped jail and climbed the mountain with, he later confessed, the definite intention of "becoming famous by killing the famous Kintoki Musume".
Taeko tells the story.
He burst into my house at night and before I knew what was happening, he was stabbing for my throat with a wicked-looking knife. I suffered some cuts before I was able to knock him unconscious. Then blood streaming from my cuts, I ran down the mountain to the village.
This brave act brought her fame, and people talked about her, "She must be a reincarnation of Kintaro (Mr. Kintoki Sakata)", and loved her more than before.
She is now 61 years old (see the photo), and still young serving Japanese tea to mountain climbers at her hut of Mt. Kintoki.
[Some information cited from the article of The Seattle Sunday Times. Those readers who are interested in this story, please read the March 4, 1956 issue of The Seattle Sunday Times.]