Makoto was born in the village and from early childhood developed a belief in Bushido. Makoto found a powerful appeal in the Calm Heart philosophy of making the duel an art rather than a deadly contest. He wed with Ide Shiriko through an arranged marriage, but in six month he found himself desperately in love with his beautiful wife. In the return trip from Village by the Sleeping River, to present their son to her parents, bandits killed his wife. Makoto barely escaped with the child, and the loss of Shiriko devastated him.