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Kamakura dono no Jūsan nin 4

TAIRA no Kiyomori plans to kill Yoritomo who raised an army against himself. He knows that it's Cloistered Emperor Goshirakawa who urged Yoritomo to subjugate him. Meanwhile Yoshitoki visits KAZUSA no Hirotsuné, one of the influential samurais in the Kantō region to ask him to take the side of Yoritomo. Hirotsuné is unwilling to back Yoritomo up but is persuaded by CHIBA Tsunetané who is one of the samurais in Kantō also to support him. And Yoshitoki also asks KAHIWARA no Kagetoki, who served ŌBA no Kagechika but saved the life of Yoritomo at Mt. Ishibashi.

鎌倉殿の13人-上総広常
Yoshitoki  (Shun Oguri, left) meets Kazusa no Hirotsuné (Kōichi Satō)

Hirotsuné puts off his answer. Yoritomo cannot wait his answer any more but Yoshitoki succeeds in winning him over to Yoritomo's side. At first, Hirotsuné plans to kill him if he has no capacity for commanding but he realises that he can lead samurai as commander and decides to serve him. At the same time, Masako knows that her husband is alive and meets ANO no Zenjō, a monk and one of the half-brothers of Yoritomo who visits Izu-san Gongen (Izu-san Shrine) where she, her sister Mi-i and Riku, wife of Tokimasa stay. And they escape from the shrine as they feel in danger.

鎌倉殿の13人-鎌倉へ進軍する頼朝
Yoritomo (Yō Ōizumi) marches to Kamakura with his army

Yoritomo’s soldiers go on increasing. And TAKEDA Nobuyoshi, who rules Kai (Yamanashi) Province takes the side of Yoritomo also. But there is a reason that his province will be attcked first if the army of the Taira Clan marches toward the east. And at last Yoritomo and his army reach Kamakura and he plans to build a gosho, a residence and an office for him. His power confuses the samurais who are close to the Taira Clan and Kagetoki gives up his master Kagechika and in Ōshū (Tohoku region), Minamoto no Yoshitsuné, who is a half-brother of Yoritomo as ANO no Zenjō departs for Kamakura with his vassals. He stayed in the residence of FUJIWARA no Hidehira who rules Ōshū.

鎌倉殿の13人-奥州を発つ義経
Yoshitsuné (Masaki suda, second from the right) says good-bye to Hidehira (Min Tanaka, second from the left)

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Kamakura dono no Jūsan nin 3

Yoritomo raises an army on the 17th August, 1180. He plans to attack YAMAKI no Kanetaka, vice governor of Izu sent by Taira no Kiyomori, head of the Taira Clan and his aide。He also plans to establish his base in Kamakura. But the number of his soldiers is so small so  he carries a weight of responsibilities. Aboive all, he is told by Cloistered Emperor Goshirakawa to subjugate the Taira clan in his dream. At the same time, his wife Masako, elder sister of Yoshitoki sees Yae, former lover of Yoritomo in the neighbourhood and waves her hand to her triumphantly.

鎌倉殿の13人-3祐親と景親
Sukechika (Kazuyuki Asano,left) meets Kagechika (Jun Kunimura) and tells about Yoritomo's rebellion

Yoritomo tells Yoshitoki that he is the only man whom he can trust, This is his measure to win somebody over to his side and then he tries to conciliate other samurais in Kanto region to support himself. And the day arrived at last. On the 17th of August, ITŌ Sukechika, father of Yaē and a samurai who takes the side of the Taira clan visits Ōba no Kagechika who is clost to Taira no Kiyomor. Sukechika tells Kagechika that Yoritomo is going to raise an army. It is Yaē who told Sukechika about it but she is informed of it by Yoshitoki.

鎌倉殿の13人山木襲撃
Yoshitoki (Shun Oguri, left) attacks Kanetaka with his father Tokimasa (BANDŌ Yajūrō)

Yoshitoki is scolded by his elder brother Munetoki for he discloed Yoritomo's army to Yaē. However she learns that Kanetaka is at home by her husband EMA no Jirō. She decides to inform it to Yoritomo and shoots an arrow with white cloth. The cloth is  a kind of secret code between Yaē and Yoritomo so he attacks the residence of Kanetaka but the rain prevents him from marching to Kamakura and he establishes a camp in Mt. Ishibashi. The tide turns against him and Munetoki, who is told to bring a statue of Buddha in the residence of the Hōjōs. When he starts to Izu, he tells Yoshitoki that the Hōjōs should govern the samurais in Kanto region and it needs to use the power of Yoritomo. These are his last words to Yoshitoki.

鎌倉殿の13人-5宗時と義時
Munetoki (KATAOKA Ainosuke, right) tells his younger brother that the Hōjōs shouls rule Kanto region


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Kamakura dono no Jūsan nin 2

While staying in Izu as prisoner, Yoritomo is placed under the observation of ITŌ no Sukechika, a samurai who rules Izu. But a boy called Sentsuru-maru was born between Yoritomo and Yaē, daughter of Sukechika. He is afraid of bringing Taira no Kiyomori who rules most parts of Japan and holds absolute power anger on him. So he attempts to arrest Yoritomo. Then he is sheltered by HŌJŌ no Tokimasa and he marries his daughter Masako. After that he meets MINAMOTO no Yukiiē who secretly hands him a message of taking up arms against Kiyomori and the Taira Clan by Prince Mochihito.

鎌倉殿の13人-令旨を受け取る頼朝
Yoritomo (Yō Ōizumi) receives a message of Prince Mochihito

But Yoritomo defers taking up arms because he doen't know MINAMOTO no Yorimasa who advises Prince Mochihito to attack the Taira Clan. as faired, both Prince Mochihito and Yorimasa are defeated. But at that time Yoritomo often dreams of Cloistered Emperor Goshirakawa who appeals to him to subjugate the Taira Clan. Then Yoshitoki steals into the government office of Izu and calculates the number of soldiers by checking wooden plates and is convinced that Yoritomo can call up 300 soldiers at least.

鎌倉殿の13人-隠れ家を襲う敵と戦う以仁王
Prince Mochihito (Subaru Kimura) confronts his enemies after taking to flight

And a mysterious monk visits Yoritomo and shows him a skull. His name is Mongaku and insists the skull is that of MINAMOYO no Yoshitomo, father of Yoritomo who was assasinated after the Battle if Heiji. Then Yoritomo receives a secret message that is said to be from Emperor Goshirakawa. He declares that he will take up arms and subjugate the Taira Clan. 

鎌倉殿の13人-3頭蓋骨を見せる文覚
Mongaku (ICHIKAWA Ennosuke IX) shows Yoshitomo's skull to Yoritomo
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Kamakura dono no Jūsan nin 1

Subsequentially to "seiten o Tsuke", I plan to write about "Kamakura dono no Jūsan nin", this year's Taiga Drama sries.

Though an English subtitle "The 13 Lords of the Shogun" is given to it, I use Japanese title in preference to English one.

The series is set in early Kamakura era, from late 12th century to early 13th century. At that time, samurais grow in strength and the Taira clan actually governed Japan. And Minamoto no Yoritomo, a member of the Minamoto clan and lost his father Yoshitomo and brothers in the Heiji rebellion in 1160.

After the war, Yoritomo was saved his life and was exiled to Izu Province.

Later he planned to take revenge on Taira no Kiyomori, head of the Taira clan but he had no soldiers. And at that time, many of samurais served Kiyomori and it was so hard for him to take up arms. At this moment, he becomes to know HŌJŌ no Masako, daughter of HŌJŌ no Tokimasa, one of the landholders in Izu and it influences the life of Yoshitoki, younger brother of Masako.


鎌倉殿北条義時2

Shun Oguri as HŌJŌ no Yoshitoki
(From the official website of "Kamakura dono no Jūsan nin")
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Seiten o Tsuke 5

Afer the death of O-Chiyo, Eiichi devotes himself to his business but he misses her. Then he remarries Kaneko but Tokuji, eldest son of Eiichi doesn't take to her easily. Eiichi asks Kaneko not to spoil him. However, Tokuji's behaviour becomes bad so Eiichi decides that he should transfer the headship of the family not to him but his grandson Keizō.

At that time, the Empire of Japan was established as a modern state. And TOKUGAWA Yoshinobu returns to Tokyo after living in seclusion in Shizuoka. Yoshinobu also misses his wife Mikako who dies of breast cancer. 

青天を衝け晩年の慶喜
TOKUGAWA Yoshinobu (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi) in his later years

Eiichi promotes diplomacy and meets Theodore Roosevelt in New York. After that Russo-Japanese War breaks off and he tries to purchase wartime bonds despite getting influenza and is forced to stay in bed. After the war, Eiichi retires from his work and starts visiting other countries. 

While his diplomatic efforts including making the US society accept Japanese-Americans bears fruit, he loses many of his comrades and his former lord Yoshinobu. In 1922, a big earthquake hit Kantō region. Eiichi tries to build a first-aid station for victims and Japanese government is given solatium and relief supplies from the US. But the Immigration Act of 1924 is passed in the country later.

Then Eiichi plans to save the Chinese people who suffer from flooding but it was prevented by the Manchurian Incident. In 1931, he passed away and his will is followed by Keizō. One day Keizō visits Chiaraijima, hometown of Eiichi and finds young Eiichi engages in farm work.


青天を衝けアメリカで講演する栄一
Eiichi (Ryō Yoshizawa, centre) gives a lecture in the US

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Seiten o Tsuke 4

Tokudayū names himself Eiichi again and works as bureaucrat. However he realises the limitations of working for the govdrnment and then becomes a businessman and tries to establish capitalism in Japan. But a man from Tosa domain  (present Kōchi prefecture) bars his way, His name is IWASAKI Yatarō, eatablisher of the Mitsubishi combine. There is a conflict between them. 

青天を衝けグラント元大統領へのもてなし3
Ulysses Grant  (Frederic Benoliel) and his family enjoy Japanese country dishes

Ulysses Grant, former president of the US visits Japan and Eiichi invites him to his home. O-Chiyo, wife of Eiichi treats him and his wife to country dishes and shows them sumo matches. Grant tells Eiichi that he hopes that Japan will keep herself independent in severe global conditions.

青天を衝けお千代の死
O-Chiyo (Ai Hashimoto) dies of cholera

The Mitsubishi combine is still the only winner in Japanese business community while Eiichi appeals to relieve the poor. He and O-Chiyo put the focus on welfare. Around the same time, Ōkuma Shigenobu resigns from his public post due to the hostility to those from Satsuma (Kagoshima) and Chōshū (Yamaguchi) but he plans to eatablish a ruling party with the support of Iwasaki. And Eiichi’s daughter Utako marry HOZUMI Nobushige, a jurist but soon after O-Chiyo dies of Cholera.   

The images are from the official website of "Seiten o Tsuke".
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Seiten o Tsuke 3

In Paris, TOKUGAWA Akitake and his attendants includes Tokudayū celebrate the New Year (1868). But they learn that TOKUGAWA Yoshinobu, the 15th shogun and elder brother of Akitake enacted Restoration of Imperial Rule. It confuses them but Tokudayū tries to reduce costs during their stay for Akitake who is going to study in France. About that time, he is brought to a stock exchange by a frenchman called Herrard and learns about bond.

青天を衝け-民部公子と篤太夫

Akitake (Rihito Itagaki, left) and Tokudayū (Ryō Yoshizawa) in Paris


Tokudayū decides to return to Japan with many of the attendants of Akitake. Before departing for Japan, he cuts off his topknot. In Japan, a civil war breaks out and his cousins Seiichirō and Heikurō fight against the New Government Army.


青天を衝け-篤太夫と市郎右衛門

Tokudayū (right) meets his father Ichirōemon (Kaoru Kobayashi) and tells him that he will visit Sunpu to meet his former lord Yoshinobu


Tokudayū visits his hometown Chiaraijima and meets his parents Ichirōemon and Ei, his wife O-chiyo and daughter Uta. And then he visits Sunpu domain (present Shizuoka) and meets Yoshinobu who is ordered to confine himself in Sunpu. Then Tokudayū improves the domain's finaicial conditions utilizing the knowledge he acquired in Paris. However, the civil war has not finished yet and Seiichirō has gone to Hakodate to establish a new state in Hokkaidō.


青天を衝け-改革に乗り出す篤太夫

Tokudayū (centre) in Sunpu tries to reform Sunpu domain with the vassals of Yoshinobu and plans to establish a company by gathering money from merchants


The images are from the official website of "Seiten o Tsuke".

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Seiten o Tsuke 2

Eiichi and his cousins Kisaku and Chōshichirō join a radical jōi (expulsion of the foreigners) group and  try to murder some officials of the government who are considered to fawn on the Great Powers. At that time a boy was born between him and his wife O-Chiyo but he dies of the measles. And then he comes across HIRAOKA Enshirō who is a close advisor of HITOTSUBASHI Yoshinobu.

青天を衝け-京へ上る2人
Eiichi (Ryo Yoshizawa, left) and Kisaku (Kengo Kōra) depart for Kyoto

Eiichi and Kisaku decide to become to become samurais though Chōshichirō is imprisoned. The two men who receive pecuniary aid from Ichirōemon, father of eiichi and depart for Kyoto where Yoshinobu takes office. As there is an epidemic of terrorism in Kyoto, Shinsengumi, a kind of security force patrol here and there. Eiichi, who renames his name into Tokudayū becomes to know HIJIKATA Toshizō, vice commander of shinsengumi. Kisaku also renames his name into Seiichirō.

青天を衝け-慶喜に拝謁する篤太夫
Tokudayū meets Yoshinobu


Tokudayū distinguishs himself and he and Seiichirō are orderd to gather superior personnel in Kanto region for Yoshinobu. However Enshirō is killed by a rōnin from Mito domain while they're away. Yoshinobu, who is one of the sons of TOKUGAWA Nariaki, former lord of Mito is overwhelmed by grief. Tokudayū also feels sorrow at it but later he copes with important work and applies for accompanying TOKUGAWA Akitake, younger brother of Yoshinobu who plans to visit Paris to study.

青天を衝け-パリ万博
Attendants of Akitake includes Tokudayū (centre) are surprised with Western civilisation

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Seiten o Tsuke 1

In the middle of the 19th century, SHIBUSAWA Eiichi was born in Chiaraijima, Musashi (present Saitama Prefecture). He is the eldest son of Ichirobei, a wealthy farmer who grows indigo plants and his wife Ei. He is educated by ODAKA Junchū, one of his cousins. He also learns swordsmanship but Kisaku, another cousin of him is superior to him in using wooden sword. But Eiichi has a talent  for business that is cultivated while he helps his father with working in the fields and peddling.

青天を衝け吉沢亮3

Eiichi (Ryō Yoshizawa)


At that time, Western countries approached Japan and asked the Government to trade with them. On this occasion, Eiichi and Kisaku who learn Mitogaku and are inspired by so-called "Sonnō-jōi" theory. They and Chōshichirō, one of the brothers of Junchū have relationships with like-minded people. Especially Chōshichirō is eager to join such people to give a hard blow to the Governmen and goes to Edo to study.


青天を衝け渋沢父子

Eiichi (left) and his father Ichirobei (Kaoru Kobayashi)


Eiichi also thiinks that the Governement should change itself because he has doubts with the system of the Tokugawa shogunate. Though his father is wealthy, his social position is farmer and it is thought to be much lower than that of samurai. 


The images are from the official website of "Seiten o Tsuke".

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"Seiten o Tsuke" is being shot now

"Seiten o Tsuke", a Taiga Drama series that is going to be broadcast from next February is being shot now. In the movie on the page below, SHIBUSAWA Eiichi and his cousin Kisaku meets HITOTSUBASHI Yoshinobu, later TOKUGAWA Toshinobu and his vassal HIRAOKA Enshirō.

https://www6.nhk.or.jp/nhkpr/post/preview.html?i=26256
(NHK ONLINE, in Japanese)

And the cast "Kamakura-dono no Jusan-nin", the series that is scheduled to be broadcast in 2022 was announced also. I'll write about it some other day.

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まず、一部の記事関連でレイアウトが崩れるようですので修復していますが、何かおかしな点があれば指摘していただけると幸いです。それから当ブログでは、相互リンクは受け付けておりませんので悪しからずご了承ください。

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