和田助家合戦注文 (Mikita Sukeie kassen chūmon)

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Mikita Sukeie fought with his son Sukehide for Kamakura. This first document recounts of Sukehide besieged Kusunoki Masashige’s Chihaya castle. One of the Mikita retainers (wakatō) named Hachirō was had his helmet destroyed and was shot through the jaw, with an arrow lodging in his chest. After Hachirō was wounded, Mikita Sukehide had a document drawn up recounting the wounds. Slight distinctions in the color of the ink reveal that Sukekiyo, a battle administrator for Aso Harutoki, the general of this force, added the notation shallow and described the piercing of the jaw, while his compatriot Sadakane recorded that the arrow was lodged in his chest.

[Mikita Sukeie battle Wound reportPresented by Mikita Shōkei 2 4 15]1

[Sadakane Sukekiyo]2

 

Mikita Nakatsugi Sukehide, a son of the Mikita Sukeie, a of Izumi Province, fought at Chihaya Castle on the fourteenth day of the fourth month.

A roster of battle wounds follows:

 

Hachirō Ietsuna, [Helmet pierced. Shot in the jaw. Lodged in the chest. Shallow.]3

Sadakane

Sukekiyo

 

This report is thus

The , fourth month, fourteenth day

 

和田助家合戦手負注(端裏銘)
「和田修理亮進 正慶二四十五」(付箋)
さたかぬ すけきよ和泉國御家人和田修理亮助家口中次助秀於茅葉屋城四月十四日致合戦手負注文、
兜徹
若黨八郎家綱 ヲトカイヲイサス
ムネニイトム 浅定兼(花押)
資清(花押)

右注文之状如件

正慶二年四月十四日

  1. This title and description were added long after the document’s production and subsequent inspection
  2. This is another added tag, denoting the inspectors who notated the document after its submission
  3. These notations are written by two separate hands, and are the observations of the inspectors, Sadakane and Sukekiyo, who are checking the veracity and severity of the wounds recorded
Not originally specified in the ritsuryō system, those with this title might have been tasked with upkeep and maintenance of imperial buildings, but by this time the post may have been mostly ceremonial rather than functional
Not originally specified in the ritsuryō system, those with this title might have been tasked with upkeep and maintenance of imperial buildings, but by this time the post may have been mostly ceremonial rather than functional
While this is a broad and difficult-to-define term, those called gokenin are agreed to have had some kind of ties to and were recognized by the bakufu
a young retainer
c.1333