The Better Part of Valor: Documents (komonjo) of the Mikita

The Mikita were a family of “honorable householders” (gokenin) of the Kamakura regime. They resided in Izumi province. Under the authority of their chief, Mikita Sukeie, they were mobilized by Kamakura to quell a rebellion by Kusunoki Masashige and Prince Moriyoshi. Mikita Sukeie, was in a bind, however, for both Kamakura and the rebel forces of Prince Moriyoshi asked him to fight on their behalf. Sukeie  feigned illness with Moriyoshi, and dispatched several sons to fight on his behalf (Mikita Sukeyasu and others), while he fought for Kamakura with another son, Mikita Sukehide. His discretion proved wise, for Kamakura suddenly collapsed, but he nevertheless managed to curry favor with Moriyoshi’s allies, and survive the turmoil of the 1330s.

Permission has been granted thanks to the efforts of the Kyōto Furitsu Kyōdo Shiryōkan. Currently these documents are housed in the Sakai City Museum (Sakai-shi hakubutsukan).