Please note: This article is about the Kakita Daimyo. For other uses of the term, please see Kaiten (disambiguation).
Kakita Kaiten 
Kakita Kaiten 
Born: Unknown 
Died: 1159, Month of the Goat [1] 
Titles: Crane Regent,
Kakita Daimyo

Kakita Kaiten acted as a regent for the Crane Clan after the death of Doji Kuwanan until his son, Doji Kurohito would be old enough to become the Crane Clan Champion. [2] [3]

Family Edit

Kakita Kaiten 2

Kakita Kaiten

Kaiten was uncle of Kakita Kyruko. [4]

War Against the Shadow Edit

Kaiten was informed at Kyuden Kakita by Ginawa and Matsu Hiroru that hundred of ancestors had been slaughtered by the Shadows. [5]

Crane Civil War Ends Edit

The Crane Civil War that had erupted between the Daidoji Daimyo, Daidoji Uji, and the Crane Clan Champion, Doji Kuwanan, weakened the Crane Clan. Kaiten sent a letter to all the Crane Daimyos to gather again all the crane under one banner. Daidoji Uji was told why his ancestor Daidoji Yurei, who did no longer talk to him. Yueri's soul was one of the slaughtered ancestors. Kaiten demanded to lead an army to fight the Shadows that had been gathered at the troll city of Volturnum. [5] Uji returned to Kuwanan [6] in the presence of Kaiten [7] and the Crane Clan raced united to Volturnum. [8]

Volturnum Edit

Kaiten fought at the Battle of Oblivion's Gate. He saw how the nezumi guided the parted legions to the gates of the city, at each step giving their lives. [9] He was part of the thousand samurai that reached Volturnum's gates. [10]

Sensei Edit

Kaiten was the sensei of Kakita Noritoshi, [11] as Master of the Kakita Dueling Academy. [12]

Thousand Years of Steel Edit

Once each generation, the Kakita family and Mirumoto family schools held a contest at the Valley of the Two Generals, to determine the strength of the two honored schools and which school's techniques were better taught in reverence to the ancient duel performed by Kakita and Mirumoto long ago. When Kakita Kaiten and Mirumoto Uso met for a duel of respect, as masters of their respective schools [13] [14] the two swordsmen worked together to settle the differences between their two families by designing the set of kata known as the Thousand Years of Steel, and the kata were now taught by all the major bushi schools of the Great Clans. [15]

War of Spirits Edit

When in 1138 the returned spirit Hantei XVI declared war upon Toturi I, the War of Spirits, internal conflict wracked the Crane as spirit faction sought to usurp power. [16] Following Doji Kurohito's gempukku in the year 1147, Kuwanan's son assumed the Championship of the Crane and moved to suppress the rebellious spirits during the War of Spirits. [17] Fukurokujin, the Fortune of Wisdom, had guided Kaiten unharmed during many years of struggle. [18]

Second Yasuki War Edit

Kaiten had favored opinion about began the Second Yasuki War with the Crab to retake the Yasuki lands, because he guessed the Shadowlands were weak. [19]

Death Edit

Kaiten duels Kaneka

Kaiten dueling Kaneka

Kaiten's Death

Death of Kaiten

In 1159, Kaneka marched on Friendly Traveler Village blocking the Crane retreat. Kaiten issued a challenge to Kaneka [20] and Kaneka won the duel, killing Kaiten. This duel marked Kaiten's first defeat and a major turning point in the war over the Yasuki estates. [11]

New Kakita Daimyo Edit

Kaiten had named Kakita Noritoshi as his succesor as Kakita Daimyo, [21] over Toshimoko's older brother and true son of Seppun Toshiken, Kakita Atoshi. [22]

After Death Edit

Kakita Kaiten 3

Aged Kaiten

In 1160 the spirit of Kaiten was seen in Toshi Ranbo as one of the souls called forth from Naishi during the cleanse of the cursed sword Chukandomo. [2]

External Links Edit

Preceded by:
Doji Kuwanan
Crane Regent
1133 - 1147
Succeeded by:
Doji Kurohito
Preceded by:
Kakita Yoshi
Kakita Daimyo
1132 - 1159
Succeeded by:
Kakita Noritoshi


  1. Four Winds, p. 41
  2. 2.0 2.1 Immortal Steel, by Shawn Carman
  3. Secrets of the Crane, p. 45
  4. Secrets on the Wind - Part 1, by Rich Wulf and Shawn Carman
  5. 5.0 5.1 Clan Letter to the Crane #11 (Imperial Herald v3 #3)
  6. Hidden Emperor, p. 66
  7. Hawks and Falcons (Fire and Shadow flavor)
  8. Secrets of the Crane, p. 9
  9. Mat'tck (Soul of the Empire flavor)
  10. The Battle at Oblivion's Gate
  11. 11.0 11.1 Clan Letter to the Crane #18 (Imperial Herald v2 #3)
  12. Way of the Ninja, p. 96
  13. Clan Letter to the Crane #12 (Imperial Herald v3 #4)
  14. Swordsmaster (Honor Bound flavor)
  15. Way of the Samurai, p. 12
  16. Imperial Histories, p. 221
  17. Imperial Histories, p. 225
  18. Hero's Redemption (Storyline Tournament Result)]
  19. Kakita Kaiten (Gold flavor)
  20. Face Me! (Dark Allies flavor)
  21. Kakita Yariga (Fall of Otosan Uchi flavor)
  22. Blessings and Curses, by Rich Wulf

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