The Trusted Confidant (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 25 - Hijô no okite - full transcript

In 1546, Harunobu hosted the
Imperial envoys Dainagon Sanjonishi

and Chunagon Yotsutsuji
with a poetry party.


The Imperial nobles relied on
Harunobu, who was distinguishing

himself in the eastern provinces.

In short, they wanted to receive
contributions from him.

I shall gift the Imperial Court
10,000 rolls of cloth each year.

And when I subjugate all of
Shinano, I shall triple that.


Are you saying that the Takeda
will subjugate Shinshu?

For the sake of the Emperor...
I shall do so without fail.

Harunobu was now a great
daimyo lord in name and in reality.

And his confidence continued to grow.

"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"


Episode 25:

Original Story by:
INOUE Yasushi

Screenplay by:

Music by:

Theme Music Performed by: NHK Symphony Orchestra
Theme Music Conductor: TAKASEKI Ken
Performed by: The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra

Title Letters by: KAKINUMA Koji
Narrator: KAGAMI Sachiko

Period Consultant: SHIBATSUJI Shunroku
Customs Consultant: FUTAKI Kenichi

Architecture Consultant: HIRAI Kiyoshi
Wardrobe Consultant: KOIZUMI Kiyoko
Classic Japanese Poem Consultant: INOUE Muneo

Sword Fighting/Martial Arts Coach: HAYASHI Kunishiro
Conduct Coach: NISHIKAWA Minosuke
Calligraphy Instructor: MOCHIZUKI Gyoun
Horse-Riding Coaches: TANAKA Mitsunori, TSUJII Keiji


UCHINO Masaaki

TAKEDA Harunobu:


OBU Toramasa:

BABA Nobuharu:

TAKEDA Nobushige:
KASHIMA Noritoshi


KASUGA Gengoro: TANAKA Kotaro
IITOMI Genshiro: MAEKAWA Yasuyuki

IMAGAWA Yoshimoto:



ASADA Miyoko

Princess Yu:


Toraomaru: SHIBUYA Takeru


Imperial Palace Dialect Coach: HORII Reiichi
Kyoto Dialect Coach: INOUE Yukiko
Yamanashi Dialect Coach: KASAI Kazuhiko

Photographed in Cooperation with:
Yamanishi Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture
Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture

MUROZUMI Torasada:
KATO Takeshi

SANADA Yukitaka:
SASAKI Kuranosuke

SUWA Mitsuchika:

AIKI Ichibei:
KONDO Yoshimasa

TAIGEN Sufu Sessai:
IBU Masato

AMARI Torayasu:
RYU Raita

Lady OI:


ITAGAKI Nobukata:
CHIBA Shinichi

Executive Producer:

Produced by: NAKAMURA Takashi
Art Direction by: AOKI Masakazu
Technology: TANAKA Mitsuru
Sound Effects: WADA Naoya

Photography by: SASAKI Tatsunosuke
Lighting by: HORIKAGO Isamu
Audio: NOHARA Tsunenori
Image Art: KANEZAWA Masato
Continuity: SATO Hideki
Editor: ABE Tadashi
Art Direction Manager: TAKAHASHI Hideki

Directed by:

Sanjonishi, who came as the
Imperial envoy,

is a relative of yours, isn't he?

My Sanjo family may be the
head family, but compared to

the Sanjonishi, we lead
a humble lifestyle.

Sanjonishi is known to
be a literary man.

That is probably why he's close
to many daimyo lords.

He knows how to get on in the world.

He probably scorns the Sanjo
family's customs of frugality

and honesty, deep down at heart.

Father-in-law is now the
Minister of the Left.

Still, he doesn't live a life of comfort.

Lord, if you focus on Kyoto too
much, it may result in neglecting

your own province.

You needn't worry about that.

I have a good handle on my own province.

Meanwhile, in Suwa...

They were visiting the Shinto
Shrine for Shiro.

However, Harunobu did not show
up for this, and Kansuke,

who was placed in Suwa,
accompanied Princess Yu.

Why didn't the lord come?

He's hosting a couple of
Imperial envoys from Kyoto.

He has to be present,
as a form of courtesy.

Poor Shiro...

Do not take it that way.

He probably didn't want to postpone
the "good fortune" day that he chose.


Does the lord plan to have Shiro
succeed the Suwa family?

I'm sure it'll turn out that way.

That can't happen.

Toraomaru should be the one
to succeed the Suwa family.

He's my father's son, and the
heir to the Suwa family.


Shima, I'm not saying this
out of a grudge...

I'm just concerned about
Toraomaru's future.

But Young Lord Shiro is the lord's son.

That is why, if Shiro succeeds,
Toraomaru will be forced to serve him.

Then Toraomaru will be very vexed.

And he may possibly rise in revolt.

Princess, what a
frightening thing to say...

I don't want to put
Toraomaru through that.

I want to raise Shiro as
a support to Toraomaru.

I want you to do the same.

I can't agree to that.

I don't want to put Young Lord
Shiro through that.

Does that mean you don't
care about Toraomaru?

Princess Yu wants Toraomaru
to be the heir to the Suwa family?


Sir Mitsuchika and I were just
talking about that.

The Suwa vassals are divided
in opinion on this.

The Suwa vassals are?

Sir Toraomaru is the son of
Lord Suwa Yorishige,

who had killed himself after
being defeated by the Takeda.

So what does Sir Mitsuchika, who
is the uncle of Sir Yorishige, think?

Peace has finally come to Suwa again.

The vassals are starting
to submit to the Takeda

under Sir Itagaki's leadership.

That was the purpose of the princess
becoming Lord Harunobu's concubine.

I believe Young Lord Shiro should be
the one to succeed the Suwa family.

The princess must want that,
deep down inside.

But it's possible that Sir Toraomaru
will be against that.

The question is, how do we remove
that seed of trouble?

Please leave it to me.

Hey, Toraomaru...

Lady Okita, please forgive me.


Grandmother, what does it say?

The questions and answers
in the Buddhist Scripture.

Questions and answers?

Can we attain enlightenment
through possession?


Can it be attained through nothing?


Does that mean it can
never be attained?

No. It's to attain, when
there is nothing to attain.

Toraomaru, do you understand?


It's all right.

Kansuke, are Yu and Shiro well?


She must resent me for not going
to visit Suwa Shrine with her.

No. I'm actually here today
for a decision from you.

What is it about?

It concerns Sir Toraomaru.


I would advise you to
send him to the temple.

Send him to the temple?

Will Yu consent to that?

You should keep it a secret
from the princess for a while.

When she sees Sir Toraomaru as
a fine priest later, she'll consent.

Then there won't be any concerns
for Suwa's future.

Where would we send him?

To Sir Sessai in Suruga...
At Zentoku-ji Temple.

Suruga, huh? Fine.

Send a messenger to Sessai for me.

By the way, Kansuke...

Didn't you say the Imagawa have
a good code of laws in the clan?

Yes. It was established by
Sir Imagawa Yoshimoto's father.

It's something you've been
saying from before, but...

I'm thinking of establishing
laws for my province, too.

I have Komai drafting it now.

Lord Imagawa Ujichika wrote this Imagawa code
of laws when he was 56, right before he died.

But our lord is establishing his
when he is 26.

So it must be appropriate to him.

Appropriate to him?

The laws must state in details the
taxes, duties, and legal proceedings.

But they shouldn't be something
that are forced down from the top.

They must reflect
Lord Harunobu's heart.

Sir Komai, you really cherish
the lord's heart, don't you?

I've served him at his side for
a long time, that's all.

I've seen his weaknesses and his strengths.

That is why I do not want him
to lose any of them.

Any of them?

That's right.

I shall be going to Suruga now.

Kansuke... there's another
good thing in Suruga.

Besides their laws?

Something that Kai and Shinano
can never have...

What is that?

The sea.


Someday, I would like to
obtain that sea...


Kansuke, it's good to see you.

Did you come here to talk
about the Takeda?


I heard some nobles from Kyoto
went to visit Kai.

Did Harunobu compose
a good poem at the party?

Unfortunately, I was placed
in Suwa at the time.

Kansuke, did you just say you
were placed in Suwa?

I'm here today to make
a request of Sir Sessai.



What is it about?

We would like him to take in Sir Toraomaru.

What do you mean?

We would like to make him
a priest under you.


Wasn't that the name of
the Suwa family heir?

Is he the one?

Yes, indeed. He is the late
Lord Suwa Yorishige's son.

Of all things...

How shameless can he be...

Don't you agree?

I heard he had the Suwa
princess bear him a son.

Is he planning to banish the heir,
who is a nuisance to him now?

So his father isn't enough, and he's
going to send his nephew to us, too?

We are asking Buddha for help.

Under Sir Sessai's wing, he'll surely
receive good Buddhist training.

Forget the sophistry!

Wait, Yoshimoto.

Kansuke, did you advise Harunobu
to send Toraomaru here to Sessai?


Can we take it as the Takeda, who
are expanding throughout Shinano,

are sending us another hostage?

If that will strengthen the bonds...
then it'll be a blessing in disguise.

If the Takeda should become
enemies to the Imagawa,

then we'll rise with
that heir and invade Suwa.

Are you in understanding of that?

Yes, I am.

Sessai, what do you say to it?

In the eyes of Buddha, there is
no distinction in rank

or any regard to circumstances.

So there is no reason to reject him.

This is ridiculous. You should've
just gone to Sessai's temple.

Why go through me for it?

Yoshimoto, Kansuke is thinking
of your best interests.

It'll be to your benefit to be
close to Kansuke, who is in Kai.

Mother, my administration is not
as ignoble as to rejoice over

an association like that.

And if I may add, Mother...

You shouldn't trust him so deeply.

No one works for the benefit of others.

They all work for their own benefit.

Shall I tell you why I dislike you?

You have too strong of
a personality and greed.

You are trying to hide them
beneath your loyalty to your lord.

You have the crafty knowledge to hide them.

That is what is ugly about you.

You are sending Toraomaru to
the temple for Nene's sake?

Yes. Before she died of illness,
that is what she wished.

True, Nene did not want
Toraomaru to become like you.

She did not want him to like battles.

Her pleas won't leave my ears...

But what would you have done,
if Shiro wasn't born?

Wouldn't you have forgotten
about Nene's pleas?

That is not true.

Perhaps only Buddha can protect
Toraomaru from the strifes.

With Shiro the lord of Suwa,
and Taro the lord of Kai...

You don't expect things to be
completely calm, do you?

Both Shiro and Taro are your sons.

If you should ever favor one over
the other, they may end up

fighting each other for your love.

They have different
provinces and mothers.

They won't be as close
as you and Nobushige.

You must be prepared for that,
as their father.

Prepared as a father?

You must show everyone
indiscriminating compassion.

Harunobu, don't forget you're
a father, before you're a lord.

Do not forget what you have
learned as a child.


Young Lord, that is the spirit!

Excellent! Strike again!


Young Lord Taro,
let's take a break.

What brings you here?

I've come here to learn how
to raise Young Lord Shiro.

But he is still an infant.

There is nothing you
can do for him now.


Is it your duty now to remove Toraomaru
from the seat of succession?

Please excuse me.


I thought I just heard Toraomaru's name.

No, my Lady...

What about Toraomaru?

I don't know anything.

Don't lie.

What's the lie?

No, I don't know anything.

Sir Obu, tell me.

You are before the Young Lord.
You must not lie.

I heard he's being sent to the
temple to become a priest.

Sent to the temple?

I'll be taking my leave now.

Wait! Didn't you advise it?

It's what the lord decided.

Is that true?


Did Suruga agree?

Is he being sent to Suruga?

I've obtained Sir Sessai's consent.

Did you scheme this on Yu's request?

It is not a scheme!

Lady Sanjo, I only advised that to
the lord to prevent future trouble...


Are you saying Toraomaru and Shiro
will fight for the succession?

So the lord chose Yu's child
ever so easily...

After all, he is the lord's son...

Don't ever forget that the heir
to the Takeda clan is Taro.

Both Shiro and Toraomaru must
support Taro down the road.

I am well aware of that.

Fine. You may go now.

Both parties in a fight will be
equally punished.

There is no right or wrong
in a children's fight.

But if the parents of the children
should step in and aggravate things...

Those parents must be remonstrated.

When the parents get involved,
nothing good comes out of it.

That year, Harunobu ordered Baba
Nobuharu to rebuild Takato Castle

in Ina, which they had
captured the year before.

Sorry to keep you waiting.

Is this the castle you captured?


This is the first time
I'm getting a lesson from you.

Is this Mitsumine-gawa River?


We'll build the main quarter
by the tip of this cliff.

This is a magnificent natural stronghold.

I'm amazed that we even captured it.

The Takato fled before the surrender.

Because it's a stronghold,
they were able to escape.

Kansuke, isn't there an additional
quarter from the second quarter?

Yes, I added that in.


Sir Baba, this castle will eventually
go to the future Ina deputy.


Young Lord Shiro, who will
eventually become Lord of Suwa,

may also become it.

Young Lord Shiro?

So what is the purpose of it?

That is why for security purposes,

a quarter on the west of the
main quarter is necessary.

So that you can be there?

Sir Itagaki.

When Young Lord Shiro enters Ina...

you intend to be there
to tighten security.

So it'll be Kansuke's quarter.

I was just preparing for it.

Your feelings for Young Lord
Shiro are too strong.

I agree.

How long do you plan
to serve by his side?

I am following the lord's order.

But you are not his guardian.


Even if you were his guardian,
you will be relieved someday...

To serve until that day,
is the duty of the guardian.

You must not raise him
for your personal gains.

Do not forget that.


Master, what are you doing?
You'll catch a cold out here.

Takichi, am I ugly?


I must be ugly...

That is why Young Lord Shiro's
beauty is very brilliant to me...

I have never seen a young lord
as beautiful as him...

Young Lord Shiro
must not be tainted...

I, Kansuke, will take
all the dirt for him...

Takichi, I want that beautiful
young lord to succeed the lord.

I want him to become the bold
ruler of the country.

If I can do that, I don't care
how ugly I am...



It's to attain, when there
is nothing to attain.

You'll eventually understand
what that means.

Be sure to study hard.


Nene wanted him to become a priest.

Is Shiro that adorable to you?

If you're worried about Shiro and
Toraomaru fighting over succession...

What about Taro and Shiro?

Taro is the oldest son
in the Takeda family.

Shiro might fight with Taro,
to rob him of his rights.

That won't happen.

If that is so, what is the
difference with Toraomaru?

If I may humbly speak up...
You cannot be sure of it.

Young Lord Shiro and Yu
may hold ambitions...

You needn't worry about that.

Will you tell Taro that?


That he is ensured of the heirship.

Haven't you any compassion for Taro?

Who said he was ensured of it?

It hasn't been decided yet as to
who will succeed me as lord.

It is for me to decide
who will become my heir!

Is that what Brother said to Sanjo?

That's what he was told
by his father in the past.

He said the same thing as Lord Nobutora?

Lady Okita, I've seen many
father and child relationships...

The more they don't get along,
the more they tend to take

the same path when put
in the same situation.

Perhaps Harunobu has stronger
feelings as a lord than as a father.

Lady Okita, it may be all part
of Yamamoto Kansuke's scheme...

He may be using Young Lord Shiro
in Suwa to upset the Takeda clan

for his personal ambitions.

I don't care about Kansuke.

I'm worried about what is
going on in Harunobu's heart.


Komai. Gengoro. Good job.

Thank you for your hard work.

I'll finish it up.

It needs another article added to it.

Are you saying it's not complete?

I would like you to personally
add something at the end.

What are you telling me to add?

The following...

"If I, Harunobu, should break
the above laws,

"then irrespective of rank,

"you may speak up accordingly".

Are you telling me to assume
responsibility if I break these laws?

Only then will they become
truly righteous laws.


Well said.

Your advice is admirable.

In June of 1547, the following year,
the Koshu laws were established.

The laws that stated the
lord was no exception,

were truly rare in the warring era.


Sir Sanada...

There are still some vassals
resisting the Takeda in Saku.

And they are about to rise again.

Who's the leader?

Lord Kasahara Kiyoshige of Shiga Castle.

Isn't he your relative?

That isn't all. The Kasahara family
has relation with an Uesugi vassal

in Kozuke province, so they're asking
Lord Uesugi for reinforcements.

My brother may be in the
reinforcement force...

If Lord Uesugi is their reinforcement,
they'll be hard to defeat.

It is in this attack on Shiga Castle
that Harunobu will display

a demonic side to him that
no one knew existed.

Princess... Young Lord Shiro
has just smiled.

What a beautiful smile...

Like the lord, he has a merciful
and beautiful smile...

Episode 25:
The End


Fuefuki city in Yamanashi prefecture.

{\an8}Fuefuki River

Town of Isawa is now known for the hot springs.

Until Takeda Nobutora moved his home base to Kofu,

Takeda family's home was in this town.

Isawa Hachimangu which received great adoration from
Kai-Takeda family as a guardian deity.

The birth place of Kasuga Gengoro,

later known as Kosaka Danjyo Toratsuna
is near the temple.

Portrait of Kosaka Danjyo Toratuna

Gengoro along with Komai Kohakusai
who have worked for implementation of Koshu Hatto
(the Laws of the Province of Kai)

were given important position
as a close adviser by Harunobu.

Yamanashioka Temple, is said to be
the origin of the name Yamanashi prefecture.

Harunobu was a devout follower.

Set of dish with Takeda family crest
has been passed down in this temple.

Unification of Kai by Takeda family
began from this land.