This is a letter written by Kuroda Manchiyo, a son of the Kuroda Mitsuyuki. It was addressed to Nagahama Shirouemon, his guardian in childhood. It says, “How is your pain in your hand? Please get well soon.” The content and the handwriting vividly convey to the readers how concerned the young Mitsuyuki was to his lecturer’s pain in the hand.
Mitsuyuki was born and raised in a house situated at Azabu in Edo region in 1655. He was educated to be the next feudal lord of the clan. He celebrated his manhood in 1669 and changed his name to Kuroda Tsunamasa. A part of his name was bestowed with a name, Tsuna, from Tokugawa Ietsuna, the fourth shogun general of the Tokugawa family. At that time, nobody have doubted that Tsunamasa should be a successor of the Fukuoka Clan to become the fourth lord. But it wasn’t the case.
Why Tsunamasa chose not to be the feudal lord? This exhibition reveals the secret and also introduces some other lords of the Kuroda Family, who were once prospected to be the feudal lord and chose not to.