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Please note: This article is about the lover of Ikoma Arimi. For other uses of the term, please see Makoto (disambiguation).

Matsu Makoto was a bushi of the Lion Clan.

Secret Lover Edit

Makoto had a secret lover, Ikoma Arimi, a young, attractive, brilliant, successful in both battle and court who served a Provincial Daimyo named Ikoma Masahiro. Her success soon drew the jealousy of rivals, who exposed Arimi's lover. Masahiro allowed her to commit seppuku, but then 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. [1]

Aftermath Edit

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. [1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Great Clans, p. 120


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