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Kato Kiyomasa

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Kato Kiyomasa 加藤清正
(1562 - 1611) Katoo Kiyomasa

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Katô Kiyomasa (also known as Toranosuke "Tiger Boy")
was born the son of a blacksmith in Nakamura, a village in Owari where supposedly the regent Toyotomi Hideyoshi was also born.
... After Hideyoshi died in 1598, both Tokugawa Ieyasu and Ishida Mitsunari courted his support.
... A ferocious fighter and often ruthless, Katô Kiyomasa was a warrior, nothing more, nothing less. He wrote to his followers later in his life that poetry and dancing were shameful pastimes for a samurai, and ordered anyone who found himself engaged in the latter to commit suicide.
His cruelty and love of combat (for sport, he hunted tigers with a spear in Korea) earned him the nickname
Kishokan 鬼将官, or, 'Devil General'.
source : wiki.samurai-archives.com

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... The Korean king Seonjo abandoned Seoul in fear of Kiyomasa. Kiyomasa held two Korean princes who had deserted as hostages and used them to force lower-ranking Korean officials to surrender.
Kiyomasa killed a tiger while hunting in the forest and presented the skin to Hideyoshi.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

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Kato Kiyomasa killing the tiger
清正猛虎仇討ち / 加藤清正虎退治


One of his concubines in Korea had been attacked and eaten by a fearful tiger. Kiyomasa got so angry, he took his long spear and killed the tiger in revenge.
The people of this village in Korea where very greatfull for this deed. 


This act of bravery was often told to the samurai of Japan.


Festival Float with Kiyomasa
Morioka Festival
During the Morioka festival, floats of Kato Kiyomasa and Watonai 和藤内 are very popular.

. Watonai (Koxinga) 和唐内 / 和藤内 and Tiger Toys .



Legend knows that the tiger bit off the blade on one side of his spear and this was all that remained:

katakama yari 片鎌槍 single-sided sickle spear



... The single-sided sickle spear had a radical weapon design sporting a blade that was two-pronged.
Instead of being constructed like a military fork, a straight blade (as in su yari) was intersected just below its midsection by a perpendicular blade. This blade was slightly shorter than the primary, had curved tips making a parallelogram, and was set off center so that only 1/6 of its length extended on the other side. This formed a kind of messy 'L' shape.

© More in the WIKIPEDIA about spears !

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Dolls of Kato Kiyomasa and the Tiger

tora Kato 虎加藤, トラ加藤 , 加藤の虎退治









. Shibahara tsuchi ningyoo 芝原土人形 Shibahara clay dolls .


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Inabata tsuchi ningyoo 稲畑土人形 clay doll
Hyogo, 氷上郡

. Clay dolls from Hyogo 兵庫県 土人形  .

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Tsuneishi hariko 常石張子 papermachee doll
Ibaraki


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Obata tsuchi ningyoo 小幡土人形 clay doll
Shiga


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Kurayoshi doro ningyoo 倉吉泥人形 "mud doll", clay doll
Tottori

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Nagato hariko 門張子 papermachee doll
Yamaguchi


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Takeda ningyoo 竹田人形 Takeda Kabuki Doll
Osaka

This set was decorated for the Boy's Festival.
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. WKD : Boys' Festival (tango no sekku 端午の節句)

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kite in the typical Daruma from だるまの形の凧
Kagawa


. Kites with Daruma .

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. Tora トラ - 虎 - 寅 Tiger Toys .

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Here is another episode from Kiyomasa in Japan

Horse meat was given to the soldiers by the warlord Kato Kiyomasa, when during the fight of Keicho in 1597 (Keichoo no eki 慶長の役】) all other meat and food was eaten and they had to slaughter the riding horses to keep alive.
Up to our day horse meat 馬肉 is eaten in Kumamoto.

. WASHOKU - Horse meat

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Kiyomasa Don -
the roar of a tiger
from every shelf






DON is the local word for SAN, Mister.






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juukurei, juu kure i 銃くれ井 "well to give back the gun" at Kumamoto Castle


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5 comments:

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Kato Kiyomasa with the tiger 虎加藤, ca. 25 cm high

Niigata, Murakami town 村上市
Oohama ningyoo 大浜土人形 dolls from Ohama

Gabi Greve - Kappa said...

One legend from Kumamoto and Fukuoka in Kyushu knows that the Kappa clan once lived upstream of the Yellow River in China and one of their groups made it all the way to Kyushu to the river 球磨川 Kumagawa in Kumamoto. Their offspring soon counted for more than 9000 (九千坊 Kusenbo / Kyusenbo, also the name of their leader).
They became the 九千坊 Kyusenbo clan in Kyushu and it was 加藤清正 Kato Kiyomasa who called on the help of the Monkeys of Kyushu to fight them (Monkeys can see a kappa, even if he is invisible to the human eye).
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MORE about the Kappa in Tanushimaru
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Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

obake no Kinta お化けの金太 Kinta the Ghost

When Kato Kiyomasa built the Kumamoto Castle, there was a popular foot soldier named Kinta who had a funny face and who was good at making people laugh. He was affectionately called “Clown Kinta”. The "Kinta the Ghost" toy was said to have been created during the Kanei era (1848 ~ 1853) by a doll maker, Hikoshichi Nishijinya 西陣屋彦七, who started making mechanical toys based on stories about Kinta.
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Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Ehime 愛媛県
北宇和郡 Kitauwa district 吉田町 Yoshida

Ushioni 牛鬼 "bull-demon"
On his way to war in Korea, 加藤清正 Kato Kiyomasa asked the Ushioni to come with him and fight.
In the town of 宇和島 Uwajima at 泉ヶ森 Izumigamori there is Ushioni-Zuka 牛鬼塚 a mound in his memory.
Once upon a time, when Okuninushi drove out the demons and also Ushioni, his blood turned the ground all red, and even now there are 赤石 red rocks.

Uwajima Ushi-oni matsuri 宇和島牛鬼祭り Uwajima Ushi-oni festival
牛鬼の面(かぶ) Mask of an Ushi-Oni for the festival
There are also families named 鬼塚 Onizuka and 鬼頭 Onigashira .
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Onizuka 鬼塚 / オニヅカ Demon Mound Legends
https://kappapedia.blogspot.jp/2017/05/onizuka-demon-mound.html
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Gabi Greve said...

oni shookan 鬼将官 Oni Shokan, "Demon General" 加藤清正 Kato Kiyomasa


https://kappapedia.blogspot.jp/2017/02/onipedia-demons-of-japan.html
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