Flamboyant, West-obsessed trader.
An attractive, eloquent, but very flamboyant man who is head of the Tsukijo family. Though he is known to be somewhat corrupt in his dealings, his trade routes are a major source of income for the city, and his public reputation is generally favorable. He is obsessed with Western culture, often slipping foreign words into his sentences, to the general bafflement of whoever he is speaking to.
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It was one of Tsukijo Hanahane’s caravans that Hashinara Katamoto and his supporters captured and used in order to infiltrate Wakigami Castle.
When Aotsuki Tsukamoto and Yoshitaka HItsuie attended his ball in search of good drink and women, Hanahane met them there and showed particular interest in Aotsuki. They had a short conversation, full of both mercantile anecdotes and innuendo, before sensing Hitsuie’s struggles over at the wine table with theCloaked Figure. When the figure had knocked Hitsuie out and escaped, Hanahane’s daughter approached, but he immediately interposed himself between her and Aotsuki, deflecting the other’s questions and sternly insisting he leave.
After the Todai-ji incident, Tsukijo Hanahane visited Wakigami castle and sought audience with Yoshiyuki-hime. He stated that he had done business with the Cloaked Figure, but that she had not spoken or revealed anything about her motives to him. More importantly, however, the weapon that she sold him was revealed to be Ichimonji Sen, a finely-wrought katana and family treasure of the Chosokabe clan. Hanahane found it strange and worrying that the mysterious woman would have and be willing to sell such an important item, and so brought it to the Daimyo’s attention.
Prior to their journey to Iga province and battle with the Igamono, the Hashinara clan sent Aotsuki Tsukamoto to speak with Tsukijo Hanahane and attempt to gain his support in supplying the clan with seaworthy vessels and crews. Tsukamoto succeeded in this respect, after an unsurprisingly innuendo-filled conversation with Hanahane, who was ecstatic to lend his aid in return for exclusive control over the Hashinara trade going through Shima province’s ports.
He quickly sent word to his contacts in Osaka, and had several ships and crews sent to Wakayama forthwith, before leaving the manor in the care of his daughter and going to the city himself. Hanahane then set about organizing the docks and, seeing an opportunity, took it upon himself to begin an initiative to sell the abandoned housing in the city at a low cost, both producing profits for the Hashinara clan and encouraging the repopulation of Wakayama, all for naught but a share of the money for himself.
When the time came for the Hashinara forces to sail for Awa, it seemed expected that Hanahane would join them, but he vehemently declined, stating that he was no fighter, and was not willing to risk his life in a situation where he would be of little use anyway.
After the war with the Chosokabe, Tsukijo Hanahane was officially instated as the Bugyo of Kii province, where he settled, while his daughter handled his affairs back in Wakigami. Entering into a competition with his long-time rival Juntoku no Chukyo, who had been given the title of Bugyo of Awa on the opposite shore, he began strengthening the province’s economy and expanding its naval facilities.
During the celebratory tournament hosted by Hashinara Katamoto, Hanahane was contacted by Aotsuki Tsukamoto with news that a participant’s dress had been torn during the fighting and required a finer replacement than the merchants of the province were able to offer. Sensing a true fashion emergency, he made arrangements for the management of the province in his absence and set off for Wakigami immediately to see to the dress problem himself.