Suzume Kayo was a maiden of the Sparrow Clan who moved to the court of Seppun Iyboshi, whose father was friend of Kayo's father. Iyboshi was seeking a wife, and the nakodo had arranged a meeting with her. Kayo was quite pretty but inelegant, and she annoyed him telling long stories with no point, and asking constant questions. Eventually, Kayo turned her mood, an openly admitted she was a dullard, a mere ignorant hayseed to Iyboshi. She was not there to win his hand, her purpose was that Iyboshi would bestow her village with a small gift of pear trees, as his father did years ago, as a reward for Kayo's services. Iyboshi was impressed by her, a woman with such spirit, such strength. He decided on the spot to marry her.