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A story about taking care of an enemy general's child on the battlefield.

Before the final battle during the summer campaign in Osaka, Yukimura Sanada entrusted his beloved son and daughter to Shigenaga Kojuro Katakura, the vanguard of the enemy Masamune Date. Yukimura understood Shigenaga's personality through his past battles, and decided to bet on this. If the Tokugawa family found out, at least his son Daihachi(2 years old) would surely be killed, but Masamune Date and Shigenaga Katakura were probably people who would feel enthusiastic if they were relied on, and I imagine they had great respect for Yukimura's command capability and his personality.

Daihachi took the name Morinobu Katakura and became a retainer of the Sendai clan, and two daughters, respectively, one is Shigenaga's wife and the other married to Tamura family (the family home of Masamune's legal wife Aihime), meeting Yukimura's expectations. As expected from the world's Date reputation, the vessels are different. Do the first-class know the first-rate? Or should we say, "not seeing righteousness is lack of"?

While Morinobu Katakura family was very careful not to be criticized by the shogunate, the Yukimura family changed back to the Sanada surname when their son Tatsunobu passed away, and the Yukimura family reached the end of the Edo period in Sendai.

At the end of the Edo period, the head of the Sendai Sanada clan, Yukiyoshi, suggested to the feudal lord Yoshikuni that he should immediately serve in the government army after the restoration of imperial rule, but his request was not accepted and they entered the Boshin War. The Sendai domain was hailed as one of the leaders of the Ouuetsu clan alliance, and as a result, after the war, the domain of 620,000 koku was reduced to 280,000 koku, which caused some sadness, but in the Meiji period, Mr. Yukiyoshi was appointed as a local official in charge of school education.

Hideie Ukita, a Bunroku war, takes in an orphaned boy (Kin Jo-tetsu, then 7 years old) of a vassal of the Yi Dynasty (Yangban civil official) in Hanseong and takes him back to Japan. Hideie's legal wife Go-hime (daughter of Toshiie Maeda) initially took care of it, and later Naga-hime (daughter of Nobunaga Oda, called Gyokusenin), the legal wife of the second generation of the Maeda family, Toshinaga, raised him. Afterwards, he married into the Wakita family of the Kaga domain, took the name Naokata Wakita, served as Kanazawa town magistrate, and received a stipend of 1,500 koku. His descendants later built a beautiful strolling garden at the mansion at the foot of Kenrokuen Garden near Kanazawa Castle, which is now a restaurant called Gyokusen-en, which you can tour.

I went there once, and as I was walking through the garden, I saw a large “Korean Goyomatsu” planted by Naokata next to the tea room. After he retired, he changed his name back to Jo-tetsu, but he must have remembered his hometown and family while watching the tree grow. It is said that the Wakita family lived in this house until the Meiji period.

After the defeat at Sekigahara, Hideie Ukita was exiled to Hachijo island, but Go-hime returned to her parents' home (Kanazawa). It is said that the Kaga clan regularly sent life materials to the Ukita family on Hachijo island for over 200 years throughout the Edo period.

Being kind requires strength and abundance. It's the same for countries and people.



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