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Okano-Kin emon

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Kin emon-Kanezumi, Monogashira 200Goku (A person who
leads a corps of artillery and archers who receives 3tons of
rice from the Lord of Ako as payment) had a son whose name
was Kin emon-Kanehide, who had been called Kujuro in his
young days.
After the Ninjyo injury event (where Asano-Takuminokami
slashed Kira-Kohzukenosuke in the face), the father and son
followed Kuranosuke and joined the Gimei (the secret promise
to revenge) together.
After Ako castle had been vacated, they set up a "masterless
samurai" quarter in Goshu, Zeze and listened to Kuranosuke's
opinion in Yamashina.
In Nobember, in the 14th year of Genroku (in 1701), when
Kin emon-Kanezumi died of a disease, Kujuro changed his name
to Kin emon and continued to carry out his dead father's wish.
In August, in the 15th year of Genroku (in1702), Kin emon went
to Edo with Tadashichi Takebayashi and Koheita Mohri as part
of the first group. He shared a rented house with Chohzaemon
Nagae that is Yasubei Horibe in 5 chome Hayashi cho. There
he changed his name to his original one, Kujuro, and spied on
Kira's residence.
At that time, they made the following story, which later became
very famous in Kohdan (story telling ) and Naniwabushi (traditinal
Japanese singing ):
Kujuro was living as an apprentice both at the house in Gohei
Komeya of Isuke Maebara (who had a rice store in Minami Honjo
Aioi 2 chome, located near Kira's residence ) and at Yoshibei
Azukiya with Yogoro Kanzaki's. A baby-sitter who lived in a
terraced house of Kira'a fell in love with Kujuro. He took advantage
of her love for him, pretended to love and had her steal the plan
of Kira's residence from her uncle, the captain of the carpenters
who had built the house.
Kujuro thought that this love was just a transiest affection, but
true love gradually began to grow between the two young people.
Yogoro Kanzaki described it by saying:
"His first love of like-minded people is like a shower inlate
autumn ", and he composed a poem.
Kannazuki Sigururu kaze wa Koyurutomo Onaji ironaru Sue no
(I can go over drizzling wind in October, but I can only wait for
love. )
Chikuhei Kanzaki' also wrote a as followd :
Yo no hoshi wa Yosome zukaiya Amanogawa.
(I granced at a person whom I love.)
It's said that this poem is about the love between two young
Therefore the love story about Kin emon dosen't seem to be only
When the loyal samurai made a surprise attack on thr enemy, Kin
emon fought in one of front gate units.
When they withdrew and went to the Sengakuji temple, he honoured
the request of Hakumei who was living in the temple as a monk at
that time, and wrote the following poem and gave it to Hakumei.
Kozukenosuke dono no kubi wo Koshu no bozen ni Tamukerutote
Sono nioi Yuki no ashita no Noumekana. Hosuishi, Kanehide Okano
(When Kozukenosuke's head was put on the front of our lord's
grave, the smell is just like that of plum blossoms on a snowy
morning by Hosuishi, Kanehide Okano.)
This poem can be found in the Tofukuji temple in Tosa. Later
Hakumei became the priest of this temple.
Kin emon was looked after by Okinokami Matsudaira with Chikara
Ohishi and Yasubei Horibe, committed harakiri (suicide) on the 4th
of February.

The photos used here come from the "Ako-Gishi-Meimeiden" and
"Oishi Shrine and Ako Castle" published by Oishi Jinja Shrine.

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