Akohime

阿古姫

Chōsokabe Clan

Tosa Province

Akohime was a woman who lived during the Sengoku and Edo periods.

Akohime was the daughter of Chōsokabe Motochika, the sengoku daimyō of Tosa Province in Shikoku.  She wed Satake Chikanao, a retainer of the Chōsokabe, and bore two sons.

In 1615, during the summer Siege of Ōsaka, Akohime accompanied her husband and Chōsokabe Morichika (on the side of the Toyotomi) to enter Ōsaka Castle, but the Toyotomi lost the battle while Chikanao was killed in action.  When Ōsaka Castle fell, Akohime and her two sons were captured by soldiers under the command of Date Masamune, the head of the Sendai domain.  Masamune spared the lives of Akohime and her sons, after which Akohime served as a personal maid of the Date family under the name of Chūjō.  Akohime was well-educated and articulate, so she was trusted by Masamune and served him into his latter years.

Her sons also became servants of the family.  Later, her second son, Wamaru (Kae Tadajirō), succeeded a senior retainer named Shiho Shibata and adopted the name of Shibata Tomomoto.

Tomomoto worked as a magistrate.  In 1671, during the Date Disturbance, he died in a sword fight against Harada Munesuke at the residence of Sakai Tadakiyo.

While serving as a personal maid to Masamune, Akohime requested of her cultured lord a work of calligraphy for which he wrote a song from Kiyohara no Motosuke, a revered noble and poet from the tenth century in the Heian period.