Aso Harutoki dispatched with this “document of praise” (kanjō) to Mikita Sukehide for taking an enemy head while skirmishing (nobushi kassen) at the hills to the north of Chihaya. Aso Harutoki personally signed this document praising Sukeyasu, and because of the status disparity, as Sukeyasu was not even the primary Mikita heir. Harutoki folded this document in half, in a style known as origami, which was reserved for people of a higher status transmitting letters to those of significantly lower status and had it sent to Sukeyasu.
This represents the oldest surviving document of praise. Harutoki managed to keep his army together after an uprising led to the complete destruction of Kamakura, and these documents of praise may have contributed to the cohesion of his army. Harutoki and his forces surrendered after Kamakura was destroyed.
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[original document of praise][Written by Aso Harutoki]
In the mountains to the north of Chihaya Castle,
You skirmished and took a head.
This is most excellent.
Therefore, it shall thus be conveyed.
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