History of Iai-do (Hidden Truth)
the fall of Hayashi clan, and also about SHIMOMURA collateral sect.
originated from the succession issue of 14th Tokugawa Shogunate. The
HITOTSUBASHI group members, MITO Nariaki, SHIMAZU Nariakira,
MATSUDAIRA, HITOTSUBASHI Keiki, YAMAUCHI Youdo, etc. were ordered
probation. The leader of the opposition group was II Naosuke who was in
the position of Great Elder. The Ansei Purge was beginning. During this
time, Yamauchi Youdo, the 15th lord of Tosa clan, trying to save his
clan, immediately had his elder official YOSHIDA Toyo call senior
members stationed in Edo over to Tosa, and expelled them or cut
salary. Hayashi clan was stationed in Edo at that time and thus
influenced by this.
This elder official Yoshida ran around to reform the Tosa domain and
for that reason, he even turned against the conservative Yamauchi
original house members. He knew nothing about chief chef Hayashi clanfs
specialty, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu and Ise school of Etiquettes. He
just concentrated on eliminating conservative group. So, he cut salary
from Hayashi clan, from 180 Koku to 55 Koku.
The 15th lord of Tosa, Yamauchi Yodo was not the legitimate heir at the
original house. 13th and 14th lord had passed away when they were young
and the 12th lord was still alive at that time. This very lord and
TAKECHI Zuizan, Tosa pro-Imperialist were contacting behind.
Now, Ifd like to pay attention to Yoshida Toyo who was assassinated. He
wandered here and there with his father and settled in Tosa where his
father had grown up. With Toyofs academic nature, he opened his own
school in Tosa, teaching sons of samurais. Later on, he served for Tosa
clan. His ancestor served for CHOSOKABE clan who had been eliminated by
TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi. Therefore, Yoshida family left Tosa, refusing to
serve the intruding new lord, Yamauchi.
Yoshida tried to calm the conflict between upper samurai (who came with
Yamauchi clan to Tosa) and lower samurai (who had served for Chosokabe
before Yamauchi came.) For this purpose, Yoshida decided to establish a
new domain school called Chido-kan. There were harsh rules for lower
samurais, such as prohibition to wear Geta in rainy days, or use
umbrella under summer heat. Completely alone, Yoshida was tossed around
by SHIMOMURAfs bluffs and nominated him as the instructor of Iai.
Yoshida hired Shimomura as his bodyguard. When Yoshida was
assassinated, those three bodyguards just fled away. It was because
they only knew techniques in the beginnerfs rank. Yoshida knew nothing
about Iai. He was sort of patronage of the collateral sect, and was
killed the night of his new school opening day. It seems like the
legitimate mastersf curses. During Meiji era, collateral sect
Shimomurafs apprentice, OE apprenticed to the legitimate 16th
headmaster, GOTO Magobei. This way, Oe succeeded the valuable Iai. He
for the first time was exposed to the intermediate and advanced level
techniques in Showa when there is no need of sword –fighting art. To
this truth, collateral sect felt uneasy, and thus tried to hide the
forged Hayashi genealogy and existence of Jyohachi. They just
brainwashed there were Tanimura group and Shimomura groups. People will
not be impressed by this truth.