It is said that Tokunaga Kichizaemon repeatedly complained, “I’ve grown so old that now, even if there were to be a battle, I wouldn’t be able to do anything. Still, I would like to die by galloping into the midst of the enemy and being struck down and killed. It would be a shame to do nothing more than to die in one’s bed.”
It is said that the priest Gyōjaku heard this when he was an acolyte. Gyōjaku’s master was the priest Yōmon, who was Kichizaemon’s youngest child.