The Birth of SYUBUKAN

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Kan'ei 1 (Japanese era name) (1661)

Itami and 11 neighboring villages merged into "Itami Gocho" and became the territory of the Konoe Family (court noble). It is not the territory directly ruled by a shogunate or the territory governed by a daimyo (Japanese feudal lords), but the land controlled by a noble family.


Genroku 10 (1697)

There is a "Soshukuro (chief vassals) System" established in Itami Gocho. The "soshukuro" is in charge of Itami and the 11 neighboring villages, and also the administration and judicature within the territory of the Konoe Family. The sake brewers in Itami were appointed as the soshukuro. And as one of the soshukuro, the fourth head of the Konishi Family, Souha, was granted permission to wear a sword. From then on, the Konishi Family had been serving as the soshukuro for generations.

The sake brewing business began to flourish in Itami, which made Itami become famous as the town of fine sake. Moreover, Itami also developed quickly as the town of culture. Many knowledgeable people all over Japan, including Saikaku Ihara, Basho Matsuo and Monzaemon Chikamatsu came to visit Itami.

Tenmei 6 (1786)

The seventh head of the Konishi Family, Munenaga, thought that apart from the political progress and economic prosperity, it was also important to keep the peace in Itami Gocho which thrived because of fine sake and maintain the stable order of the local community. So in the era of Ieharu Tokugawa, he presented a petition to the lord of the Konoe Family and opened a private dojo (place used for martial arts training). The dojo was open to ronin (a samurai without master) and people who wanted to learn swordsmanship, and performed martial arts training.