Side Stories of the Uprising
1. Enkiriishi (The Divorce Rock)
Early on the morning of October 14, Kasuke and others were about to set out on the deadly mission of handing in the appeal of five articles at the magistratefs office in Matsumoto. Appeals were forbidden at the time, and whether an appeal be granted or not, the appellant was put to death. Kasuke, like other men, had handed his wife a letter of divorce, but she wouldnft accept it. Otami, the wife, insisted, gIf you die, I die.h She followed her husband as far as Hirase, Shimauchi, and once again implored Kasuke to let her die with him. The loving husband had to reason with his wife, gListen, I am honored by your words. But I cannot let you die with me, because if I do, other menfs wives will follow. And that means more lives will be lost. So please, divorce me for the sake of others.h Reluctantly Otami accepted to divorce Kasuke. There was a rock where the couple stood, and the rock has been called Enkiriishi (The Divorce Rock) ever since.
2. Matsumoto castle leaned.
The place where Kasuke and others were executed was called Seitaka, and it was on a hill overlooking Matsumoto castle. Even after being tied to the pole, waiting to be killed, Kasuke shouted out over and over, gRemember, rice tax is 2.5, 2.5 to!h His heroic death was rumored to have caused the castle to lean.
But the truth is, in the Meiji period when Kasukefs story was made into a play during the Freedom and Peoplefs Rights Movement(Jiyuhminken-undou), his final moments were probably dramatized into such an episode. The castle was dilapidated and leaning to one side in the early Meiji period, but it was because of neglect and age.
3. The Samurai Who Tried to Save Kasuke and Others: Suzuki Iori
executives and the magistrates of the Matsumoto domain who had to handle the
incident while the domain lord was away in
all the samurais approved of their lordfs decision. One of them, a samurai named Suzuki Iori who
was stationed in
Suzuki Iorifs final resting place is in 4-chome, Chuhou, Matsumoto city. To this day, many people have continued to visit his grave with flowers.