Tokugawa Shogunate & Jishin-Uwo
Usagi's adventures take place at the
turn of the 17th century Japan. I've deliberately kept exact dates vague
to give myself more latitude in storytelling; however, I'm making an
exception in this issue with the retirement of Shogun Tokugawa
In 1603, Ieyasu (1542-1616), the first
of the Tokugawa Shogun, received the title Sei-i-tai
Shogun, or "supreme military dictator," from Emperor
Go-Yozei. Two years later, he abdicated in favor of his son,
Hidetada, then 26 years old. He did this to guarantee the succession of
the position to his family. Ieyasu retired to Shizuoka but still
maintained an active role in politics. And, after almost a lifetime on the
battlefield, he now devoted his leisure time to literature and poetry.
Hidetada ruled until 1622 when he
abdicated in favor of his son, Iemitsu.
The Tokugawa Shogunate endured for
fifteen successions and came to an end in 1868 with the Meiji
Restoration, which gave power back to the emperor.
17 [of UY Vol. 3, #15]
) is a giant catfish that lives under Shimofusa and Hitachi
Provinces. Its movements are responsible for Japan's many earthquakes. A
stone in the temple of Kashima is the exposed part of a sword that the
gods used to pin the fish in place.
The Kanji characters on page
one read "Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi," literally "The Grasscutting