The Handsome Lord had Great Strength in His Arms.
Every Lord had anecdotes, and the fourth successor of the Maeda clan is no exception. Mitsutaka allegedly inherited his good looks from his parents: Toshitsune (1594-1658) and Tama-Hime (1599-1622), and had a talent both for martial arts and literature.
Mitsutaka was born as the eldest son of the third headship of the Maeda family who governed old Kanazawa, and the daughter of the second shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty (1603-1868). The Tokugawa and Maeda families repeated one political marriage after another to prevent serious conflict. He was married to the foster-daughter of the third shogun, princess Oh-Hime, at the age of 18. When Mitsutaka was 24, his father announced his retirement. The third feudal lord officially took over the Kaga domain with one million koku (stock-like measurement of crops as property) which was distributed to his father and younger brothers as well. Toyama and Daishoji domains were newly founded branches of the clan where such wealth was additionally distributed. In 1643, when he was on his way to Edo (old Tokyo) to heed the Shogunate’s rule called “Sankin-kotai,” he got the big news that Oh-Hime had given birth to their first son Tsunanori (1643-1724) in Edo. He and his retainers got so excited that they sped their travel from old Kanazawa to old Tokyo to seven days in total. As a side note, during the era, both the wife and the heir of the daimyo were required to live in Edo as hostages. He is well known as a talented person for martial arts, and also for both Japanese and Chinese literature. There are several books authored by Mitsutaka. Speaking of martial arts, it’s said that he had great strength in his arms, and there is a funny story about him that has been passed down. When he played go (Japanese board game), the hard board caved in due to the force he used in placing the stone upon it. Do you buy it?