Characters will be added as the story expands.
Yoshizane and his allies
Yoshizane: Satomi Jibu-no-Taifu Yoshizane the Ason (里見 治部大夫 義実 朝臣). Main character of the prologue, son of Suyemoto and heir to the Satomi Clan. Hero of the Prologue.
Suyemoto: Satomi Jibu-no-Seyu Minamoto no Suyemoto (里見 治部少輔 源 季基). Father of the hero Yoshizane. He lets Yoshizane escape certain death in his own last battle.
Ujimoto: Sugikura Kisonosuke Ujimoto (杉倉 木曾介 氏元). One of the two loyal lieutenants from the clan serving the Satomis for generations. A short-tempered but formidable knight. The older one of the two lieutenants.
Sadayuki: Horiuchi Krando Sadayuki (堀内 蔵人 貞行). The other of the two trusted lieutenants of Yoshizane’s, also from a clan traditionally serving the Satomis. Calm and stable of character, even though a lot younger than Ujimoto and presumably closer to Yoshizane in age.
Mitsuhiro: Jin’yo Nagasa-no-suke Mitsuhiro (神余 長狭介 光弘). Lord of Takita Castle. Rules Heguri and Nagasa, two of the four counties of Awa Province.
People in Takita Castle and Nagasa County
Sakuza’emon Sadakane: Yamashita Sakuza’emon Sadakane (山下 柵左衛門 定包). Originally taken up as an attendant by Mitsuhiro but gradually gains control over the province through Tamazusa, Mitsuhiro’s concubine.
Tamazusa (玉梓): Mitsuhiro’s favourite concubine who exercises control over him for her own good.
Nako no Shichiro (那古 七郎): Mitsuhiro’s attendant. One of few steadfastly loyal retainers. Takayoshi’s good friend.
Amatsu no Hyonai (天津 兵内): Another of the loyal attendant Mitsuhiro had. Takayoshi’s good friend.
Donpei: Iwakuma Donpei (岩熊 鈍平). Sadakane’s trusted lieutenatnt who used to be a sumo fighter. Both the kanji character itself (岩) and its reading ‘iwa’ mean rock, likewise, ‘kuma (熊)’ means bear.
Ikunai: Sabitsuka Ikunai (錆塚 幾内) Another of Sadakane’s favourite warriors who used to be a sumo fighter. ‘Sabi (錆)’ means rust.
Togoro: Tsumadate Togoro (妻立戸五郎)
Bokuhei: Somaki Bokuhei (杣木 朴平). A farm worker from Aoko Village and excellent swordsman, who plans to assassin Sadakane with the help of his friend Mukuzo.
Mukuzo: Susaki no Mukuzo (州崎 無垢三). Bokuhei’s farming friend who is a stalwart warrior. Helps Bokuhei in his secret plot. ‘Muku (無垢)’ means naïve.
People in Asahina and Awa Counties
Nobutoki: Maro no Kogoro Byouye Nobutoki (麻呂 小五郎 兵衛 信時): Lord of the County of Asahina in Awa Province. Resides in Hiratate Castle. Said to be an avaricious captain of brute courage who would act in his own interest and is scornful of others.
Kagetsura: Anzai Saburo Taihu Kagetsura (安西 三郎 大夫 景連). The lord of the County of Awa in the Province of Awa. Resides in Tateyama Castle*. Stout both physically and mentally and has a penchant for conspiracies, although not decisive in crisis.
Kokuroku: Shietage Kokurokurou Motoyori (萎毛 酷六郎 元頼). Delegate lord of Tojo Castle. One of Sadakane’s favourite retainrs. Acted cruel (酷) to the people he ruled.
*The present-day Tateyama Castle houses Hakkenden Museum which is part of Tateyama City Municipal Museum. Many of the images displayed in this blog are kindly on loan from the museum.
*Normally Japanese words including names are written without spaces in-between (里見治部大夫義実朝臣). Here I separated each word just as you would when addressing someone in e-mail messages (里見 治部大夫 義実 朝臣) for the convenience of the readers.