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Daidoji Kasami 
Born: Unknown 
Died: Unknown 
Parents: Daidoji Kamei 
Siblings: Daidoji Kasako,
Daidoji Hanzo 
Titles: Daidoji Daimyo

Daidoji Kasami was a Daidoji Daimyo in the 6th century, younger daughter of Daidoji Kamei. [1]

Uncle's Maddened Behaviour Edit

In 520 her uncle Daidoji Hira began to act erratically until his brother patience was exhausted. The Daidoji Daimyo Daidoji Kamei ordered his brother to commit seppuku, but Hira fled along with forty-four bushi from the Shiro Daidoji guard, leaving a message behind: "You did not set a date for my death, brother. Seek me in the Uebe Marshes if you wish to hasten it." [1]

Foxfire War Edit

Incensed, Kamei sailed down the coast to the Uebe Marshes to chase his brother. In the unfamiliar terrain, his troops were slaughtered during the Foxfire War with trap-laying and ambush strategies developed by Hira. After several months Kamei retired to Shiro Daidoji, and found Hira's body in his former quarters, dead by seppuku. Arranged around him was a model depicting the most treacherous ambush points in the Marshes in the same scale as those in the Daidoji Library, and the message: "Do not let the food and drink of peace make the belly of the Daidoji grow fat. Seek my son in the marshes." Kamei retired as a monk, and Kasami's elder sister, Daidoji Kasako, succeeded him. She resumed the war and hunted Hira's son, Daidoji Yasuhira, who within three years was captured and executed. Yasuhira's younger brother Daidoji Shigehira continued the fight from the Wall above the Ocean. Shigehira's followers were chased by Daidoji Hanzo, Kasami's youngest brother, who killed the enemy leader in personal combat. [1]

Daidoji Daimyo Edit

Kasami was already the Daidoji Daimyo at that time. She was a practical woman and realized the value of the troops that had helped her defeat Hira's followers. Kasami proclaimed them the Hiramori family, vassals to the Daidoji. The family was named the "Forest Hira," an ironic joke at the traitorous Hira's expense. Hira's third son, Daidoji Michihira, was pardoned for his involvement in the uprising, and Kasami chartered him with his own family, the Hiramichi family, or "Hira of the paths." It was formed by men forced to rely on illegal sources, smugglers who had supplied food and war material to the revolters. [2]

Preceded by:
Daidoji Kasako
Daidoji Daimyo
(c. 523)
Succeeded by:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Secrets of the Crane, p. 31
  2. Secrets of the Crane, pp. 31-32

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