8/02/2010

Ishida Mitsunari

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Ishida Mitsunari 石田三成

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1560 - November 6, 1600

He was a samurai who led the Western army in the Battle of Sekigahara following the Azuchi-Momoyama period of the 17th century. Also known by his court title, Jibu Shōho (治部少輔).

He was born in the south of Ōmi Province (which is now Shiga prefecture), and was the second son of Ishida Masatsugu, who was a retainer for the Azai clan. His childhood name was Sakichi (佐吉).

Mitsunari met Toyotomi Hideyoshi when the former was still young and the latter was the daimyo of Nagahama.
After Hideyoshi seized power, Mitsunari became known as a talented financial manager due to his knowledge and skill at calculation.
Hideyoshi made him a daimyo of Sawayama in Ōmi Province, a five hundred thousand koku fief (now a part of Hikone). Sawayama Castle was known as one of the best-fortified castles during that time.

Mitsunari was a leader of bureaucrats in Hideyoshi's government, and was known for his rigid character.

In 1600, the Battle of Sekigahara was fought as a result of this political conflict. Mitsunari succeeded in organizing an army led by Mori Terumoto. But the coalition following Tokugawa Ieyasu was greater, and the battle resulted in Mitsunari's defeat. He was caught and later beheaded in Kyoto.

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Mitsunari cared for the wellbeing of the local farmers in his fiefdom and was well liked by them.


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Oan Monogatari おあん物語 The Tale of O-An
Oan's Story, O-An's Stories

A story about Oan, the daughter of Ishida Mitsunari's retainer. She was in Ogaki castle during the Battle of Sekigahara.
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Family Crest of Mitsunari 家紋




大一大万大吉

Dai-ichi - Daiman - Daikichi

If one works for the good of all and
all work for the good of one (leader)
all will be prosperous!


"one for all, all for one"


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Ishida Jizo 石田地蔵

At the foot of the site of Sawayama castle 佐和山城 at Nagahama village.

The local people have put them up to honor Ishida, their lord. Even during the Tokugawa period, these Jizo were frequently replaced, it the Tokugawa offials had them damaged or taken away.
This is how the local people show their respect for their former lord.

Local legend has it
that Mitsunari fled the battle of Sekigahara and made it to Sawayama, where the local people hid the wounded samurai in a cave and fed him for a few days.
Tokugawa Ieyasu kept searching for the fugitive, so Mitsunari pleaded with his villagers to let him go, since he would bring bad luck to them.
He was handed over to Ieyasu and beheaded soon after in Kyoto.



There is also a shrine nearby, to apease his soul.
Shrine Ishida Jinja 石田神社(いしだじんじゃ)
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. Jizoo Bosatsu (Kshitigarbha) 地蔵菩薩



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When Mitsunari was still a young acolyte at a temple, Hideyoshi came by and Mitsunari served him three cups of tea of differnt hotness, so the lord could choose.
sanbai no o-cha 三杯のお茶 / 三献茶

This is the origin of the sweet.




Ishida Mitsunari Ame
Made with green powdered tea of three different flavors, like the three cups of Mitsunari.
This is good for your career.

戦国武将飴 Sweets in memory of the warriors of the time of the Fighting Kingdoms.



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石田三成 大判せんべい Mitsunari Senbei crackers
with the famous family crest


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Mitsunari Goods!

Keyholders, Tee-Shirts, ...


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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

. The Battle of Sekigahara 関ヶ原の戦い .


. Taroo inari 太郎稲荷 the Deity Taro Inari in Edo .
Tachibana Sakon no Shogen 立花左近将監 with his soldiers was on his way to Korea, with orders from Mitsunari,
but ended up in 江戸の浅草観音 Edo, near the Asakusa Kannon for about 8 years.
Then one night an old man with white hair appeared in his dream and gave him an amulet, 白木の三方に祇園守. The old man was the deity 太郎稲荷 Taro Inari.
On the next day there came a messenger of Ieyasu telling him that he could go back to his homeland.


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. WASHOKU - Famous Sweets


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