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No.1.11 Okano Gin-emon Kanehide

Kanehide’s childhood name was Kujūrō. When Akao was dissolved, his father took him along to Kyoto when he discussed plans for vengeance with Ōboshi Yuranosuke. The old
man died suddenly, however, and the son took his name, Gin-emon.
          Succeeding also to his father’s vow. Gin-emon went to Kamakura, opened a store selling saké and general merchandise near the Konō mansion, and bided his time.
          There he made the acquaintance of a woman who had been wet-nurse for Torii Jiroemon, a retainer of Moronao, and obtained from her a floor plan of the enemy home, which he showed to his co-conspirators.
He distinguished himself in the night attack, and when he and his comrades went to the Senseiji afterward to pray and to have a last meal together. Ōboshi read a poem to him from the head seat:

          Oh, with what great joy
          these feelings come together
          to fall upon you.
          No cloud now obscures the moon
          Shining on the floating world.

And Okano chimed in:

          Nothing so fragrant-
          not even the plum that blooms
          in tomorrow’s snow.

All joined together in praising his bravery.


David R. Weinberg. Kuniyoshi: The faithful samurai. Hotei Publishing – Leiden, The Netherlands, 2000, no.1.11. pp.60,61.
Basil W. Robinson. Kuniyoshi The Warrior-prints. Oxford, 1982, S53, no.11.




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