Otomo Yoroshiku 
Otomo Yoroshiku 
Born: (c. 1105
Died: Unknown 
Parents: Un-named Hantei father (adopted),
Shinjo Gidayu,
Otomo Jiko

Otomo Yoroshiku was the niece of Hantei XXXVIII, the only heir to the Imperial Throne besides the young Emperor's son. [1]

Family Edit

Yoroshiku's mother was a Lion, who married to a Hantei. [2]

Demeanor Edit

Yoroshiku was lovely, impulsive, and spirited. She used to incite her suitors to show off, playing one against the other, and attempting to capture everyone's heart. [3]

Eligibility for marriage Edit

Her uncle announced she would be elegible for marriage during the Setsuban Festival held at Ki-Rin's Shrine. The seven Great Clans sent samurai in attendance interested in a political connection with the Hantei. [4] Yoroshiku would stay the winter at Shiro Gisu, in the Asako winter court hosted by Asako Kagetsu in 1121, spending time among the young men who seek to court her. [3] She came with her three maidservants, Kitsu Saia, Kakita Nantoko, and Hida Yauta, her personal nanny since she was born. [5]

Asako winter court Edit

Many suitors attended the winter court, and Yoroshiku played with many of them. During an improptu poetry constest Shiba Himitsu accused Yoroshiku was not of the imperial line. [6]

Kidnapped Edit

Yoroshiku kidnapped

Yoroshiku kidnapped

In 1122 [7] she was kidnapped by a band of ronin led by a man named Niban while attending the winter court. [8] It was believed Niban did it so he could marry her and become a true samurai once more. She was rescued at the Battle at Nightingale Village. [9] Yoroshiku had been kidnapped by Niban's lieutenant, Tobuko, [10] and Niban did not know it before the enemy army was arriving to the Nightingale Village. [11]

True Lineage Edit

During the time Niban threatened her life, he told a history, that Shinjo Gidayu had had an affair with Otomo Jiko, and they had had a daughter, Yoroshiku. This event was what led Niban to become a ronin, because he had learned it sixteen years ago. His lord Gidayu requested him to commit seppuku to keep the secret, but Niban escaped. [12]

Winter Court - 1123 Edit

After she was released, Yoroshiku married, and they attended winter court at Kyuden Seppun in 1123. [13]

See also Edit


  1. Code of Bushido, p. 32
  2. Code of Bushido, p. 6
  3. 3.0 3.1 Code of Bushido, p. 18
  4. Code of Bushido, p. 5
  5. Code of Bushido, p. 20
  6. Code of Bushido, p. 24
  7. Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita, p. 59
  8. Way of the Wolf, p. 121
  9. Way of the Wolf, p. 45
  10. Code of Bushido, p. 36
  11. Code of Bushido, p. 40
  12. Code of Bushido, p. 38
  13. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, p. 84

Sources Conflict
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In the synopsis of the events surrounding Nightingale Village in Way of the Wolf, Yoroshiku's name is misspelled "Yorishiko".

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