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|Please note: This article is about the samurai-ko of the 2nd century. For other uses of the term, please see Arimi (disambiguation).|
Disgraced and Death Edit
Arimi was a young, attractive, brilliant, successful in both battle and court who served a Provincial Daimyo named Ikoma Masahiro, and eventually became his Karo. Her success soon drew the jealousy of rivals, who exposed Arimi had a secret lover, Matsu Makoto, and met him during trips to a neighboring province. Arimi was allowed to commit seppuku, but then her lord gave her a wooden sword to perform the ritual, implying she was not sincere in her plea. Neverheless Arimi performed the three cuts with the wooden sword, shaming all those present. 
Masahiro retired in shame to a monastery, leaving his son to manage what would become the Gisei province. In honor of her noble death, the city in which Matsu Makoto had lived was renamed Toshi no Meiyo Gisei, the City of Honor's Sacrifice. Her last act remained a lesson of the strength of honor.  Meiyo Seido, the Shrine of Honor, was built only a year after Arimi took her life. 
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