Ankokuji Ekei

Ankokuji Ekei (1539-November 6, 1600)

Ankokuji Ekei was a Rinzai sect Buddhist monk, the abbot of the Tofuku-ji Temple, one of Kyoto’s Five Great Zen temples, and a diplomat serving the powerful Mori clan of southwestern Japan. Ankokuji Ekei meddled in the affairs of the samurai. Politically astute, he was also seen as both greedy and cowardly.

Ankokuji Ekei

Ankokuji joined the forces sent to Korea by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and was subsequently awarded a fiefdom of 60,000 koku in Iyo Province (Ehime in Shikoku). He was under the Mori banner, headed by Kikkawa Hiroie at Sekigahara and situated on Mt. Nangu.

Ankokuji Command Post, on Mt. Nangu,  Sekigahara

Because of the Kikkawa pledge with the Tokugawa not to enter the battle, the Ankoku troops also sat out the skirmish, unable to advance. Ankokuji Ekei was captured and decapitated along with Ishida Mitsunari and Konishi Yukinaga in the Rokujo-gawara execution grounds in Kyoto following the Battle of Sekigahara.

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