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Hayano Wasuke Tsunenari probes a lacquered woven box with his spear to check for hidden enemies. An overturned pillow nearby shows that they have arrived in the middle of the night.

No.1.35 Hayano Wasuke Tsunenari

Hayano Tsunenari was an excellent bowman. He could hit 100 bull’s-eyes with 100 arrows. On the night of retribution, Ōboshi, had him carry on his spear a pennant that read ‘Hayano Kampei, killed in battle,’ in memory of his brother, who died for the cause. That night, he went in the back gate, and he transfixed a guard with his spear – a blow for Kampei!
Then he jumped to the roof of the barracks and sent such a volley of arrows down on the doorway that they thought at first a fire had broken out. They ran out only to be wounded and then ran back inside and stayed there.
After that he ran deeper and deeper into the house in search of Moronao and fought with whomever he met, a frightful man to face. Then he heard the whistle and ran to the utility shed, where everyone gathered and took the enemy’s head.
Tsunenari enjoyed haikai and was a student of Sentoku. He wrote about their victory using the name Jōryu.

A show of spirit:
a kite in the distant sky
carried by the wind.


On his quiver he carried a poem card bearing a poem:

My catalpa bow:
I have not so much as set foot
on Yamato’s road,
but on the field I am at
snow may now be coming down



David R. Weinberg. Kuniyoshi: The faithful samurai. Hotei Publishing – Leiden, The Netherlands, 2000, no.1.4. pp108,109.



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