The 47 Ronin: The Faithful Samurai
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Tokuda Sadaemon Yukitaka in a straw rain mantle

Tokuda Yukitaka was a fine swimmer.  When they were carrying Moronao’s head to Sengakuji, a messenger reached them at Ryōhoku Bridge and informed them that a party of the Uesumi clan was coming to attack them. So Yukitaka, Kataoka Dengoemen and Senzaki Yagorō were sent on to Sengakuji in a small boat.
          The rest of the band, determined to stand their ground and treating death as a matter of no consequence, waited for a time outside the Nekoin Temple.
          Everything was calm at the temple, and no attacking force appeared. So they gathered their forces, moved away from the temple in good order, and hurried through Tsukiji on the way to Sengakuji.



References: David R. Weinberg. Kuniyoshi: The faithful samurai. Hotei Publishing – Leiden, The Netherlands, 2000, no.1.20. pp.78.79.




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