Kakita Itoku was a highly regarded painter during the reign of Hantei XI. He ruled in the favor of a Phoenix as a judge of a paint competition, instead to rule in a Lion's favor, who had performed best. Itoku had been pressed by his Clan, who were in trade negotiations with the Phoenix samurai. Afterward, Itoku watched in horror as the angry Lion Clan Champion cast his former favorite out of the clan for his failure. Itoku gifted his entire estate to the new ronin Lion, including his eldest daughter as a bride, and committed kanshi.