Please note: This article is about the Kakita Daimyo and the son of Kakita Noritoshi. For other uses of the term Ichiro, please see Ichiro (disambiguation).
Kakita Ikura 
Kakita Ikura 
Born: 1160 
Parents: Kakita Noritoshi,
Kakita Mai 
Spouse: Un-named Shiba 
Children: Kakita Maiko 
Titles: Kakita Daimyo

Kakita Ikura was the Kakita Daimyo in the last years of the 12th century [1] and son of the previous Kakita Daimyo Kakita Noritoshi and Kakita Mai. His childhood name was Ichiro.

Early Years Edit

Kakita's Curse Edit

Kakita Ikura 2


Ikura was born while the doors of Kyuden Kakita were shut in 1160, and as such is afflicted by its curse. [2] Since he could not touch steel he had been taught music instead, learning the biwa. [3] His father also had been a gifted musician. [4] As an adult he wore his wakizashi bound to its saya by chain like iron links. [1]

Poisoned Edit

In 1169 Ikura was poisoned by an agent of Shosuro Jimen. When his father was in the final round of the Test of the Emerald Champion against the Scorpion, Jimen told the Ikura would die unless Noritoshi conceded defeat and he gave the antidote. Jimen became the Emerald Champion. [5] Later was known there was no sign that he had been poisoned. [3]

Mother's Death Edit

Ikura witnessed his mother's death at the hands of Bayushi Sunetra in 1170. After Sunetra killed his mother she mocked the boy offering him a dagger to take revenge if Ikura wished, knowing the boy was under the Kakita curse. Ikura refused to take the blade and the assassin departed mocking the boy. [3]

Wandering as Ronin Edit

His father left his station and duties and they began to travel as if they were ronin on a Musha Shugyo. In 1172 Noritoshi was confronted by a hired assassin, Hitofu, near the Three Fish Village. The duelists did not begin the combat due to a zombie mob appeared, heading to the village. Hitofu departed to defend the village and Noritoshi left the place with Ikura. [6]

Fostered to the Dragon Edit

Ikura was sent to the Dragon lands in order to learn how to defend himself without a blade, an the sons of Togashi were experts in unarmed combat. [1][7]

Shutai Edit

In the month of the Hare of 1173, [8] Noritoshi was at the Scorpion village of Shutai prior to the Battle of Shutai. It is unknown if Ikura was there as well or already training with the Togashi, but Shosuro Sogetsu suspected him to be when he requested that Noritoshi leave the village without confronting Jimen. [9]

Noritoshi's Death Edit

After the end of the Destroyer War Noritoshi struck down Jimen and died as per the effects of poison. [10] Ikura was not immediately confirmed as the new Daimyo, which remained vacant for a time. [11]

Age of Conquest Edit

Sometime between 1173 and 1199, Ikura completed his Gempukku, cast away his childhood name Ichiro, and assumed the position of Kakita Daimyo as Kakita Ikura. [1]

Kakita Daimyo Edit

This year Ikura was married to a Shiba and she had a child on the way the same year. [12]

Taking Mitohime as Yojimbo Edit

Ikura was in Tsuma when Kakita Mitohime confronted and killed her cousin Bayushi Mitsuo. Ikura's hatamoto mistakenly believed that Mitsuo had been after Ikura's life. After conversing with Mitohime, he learned that she had led Mitsuo to believe that Kakita Korihime, his target and her mother, was staying in Tsuma when she was actually elsewhere. Ikura offered Mitohime the opportunity to be his yojimbo after she said that she had little else to do other than return to her mother's estate. [1] Ikura eventually passed to her the Kakita Blade Kandaisa, which had been wielded by Kakita Toshimoko himself. [13]

Undermining the Otomo Edit

The Imperial Heir Iweko Seiken seized control of the Second City, and the Otomo had been tireless in keeping news of it out of the Imperial Court. Ikura and his Lord Doji Makoto had been forced to be very circumspect about how they approached discussion of the Colonies, and to whom. Maneuvering around the Otomo had consumed the Crane Champion for weeks. [14] Makoto eventually brokered an alliance with Bayushi Nitoshi [15] to undermine the Otomo family. [16]

New Emperor Edit

In 1200 it was announced that Iweko Seiken would become the new Emperor Iweko II. Doji Natsuyo sponsored duels to provide examples of the grand Kakita style during the Twenty Festivals. Their show of skills convinced Seiken that his yet unborn child should be trained in the Kakita Dueling Academy, a new which was announced by Ikura. Shortly after Kakita Shinichi defeated Mirumoto Higaru in a duel orchestrated by Kitsuki Akito and Natsuyo, to test if Kakita style was superior to Niten. [17]

Rise of Jigoku Edit

In 1200 Ikura was appointed as the Crane representative in the Imperial Court, because his Lord Doji Makoto had been killed shortly before. This year Daigotsu Kanpeki stormed Toshi Ranbo, but failed to find and kill the Emperor, leaving the Imperial City shortly after. The Crab Clan Champion Hida Kisada blamed that the rebellious Spider forces had vanished before the assembled Rokugani armies would engage them. The Phoenix revealed the location of the Third Seal, which was eventually destroyed by an endless horde of Shadowlands creatures. The Mantis Islands fell and the Rise of Jigoku was unleashed. [18]

Daughter Edit

Decades later his daughter Kakita Maiko was a yojimbo appointed at Second City. [18]

External Links Edit

Preceded by:
Kakita Noritoshi
Kakita Daimyo
? - Present
Succeeded by:

Sources Conflict
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Kakita Ikura as per CCG card was wrongly named Ikaru in several fictions. Oni no Pikachu (talk) 22:00, February 15, 2015 (UTC)


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