Scroll Five: The Tannowa Oath
Scroll five contains a single document. Apparently the Tannowa lost all of their documents that describe their gesu rights at Tannowa estate during the turmoil of the Ōan era (1368-75), when Kusunoki Masanori was allied to the Northern Court but could not adequately control Izumi (see Scroll Two). The major warriors of Izumi all signed this oath attesting to the existence of these records. This is unusually as such a document would be signed by the shugo or protector, who by this time was Ōuchi Yoshihiro. Yoshihiro can be documented as confirming other losses, but not the Tannowa and so this led to the Izumi warrior to band together and sign an oath in 1396. The scribe was, however, not skilled and the document has several errors in it, and otherwise represents a unique records of the time. This issue remained unresolved It most likely was linked to the request for an oath mentioned in document 1-15 of 1403, written after Ōuchi Yoshihiro was no longer shugo of the province, having been killed in 1399 when rebelling against the Ashikaga.