Definitions of Honor
Festival of Remembrance
Toshi no Omoidoso holds an annual festival, to commemorate the local folk hero, Matsu Hitomi. The event is coordinated by the Lion and the Phoenix. Representatives of all clans attend the festival to honor the hero.
The primary feature of the Festival is a re-enactment of the battle to take the city. Each year, a promising samurai-ko takes on the role of Hitomi, and leads the defenders against the forces of her lover, Akodo Godaigo. The roles of the commanders are traditionally chosen as the top male and female finishers in a tournament leading up to the event. Many Lion Clan samurai traditionally turnout for this honor, as well as hopeful samurai-ko from other clans, as tradition has it that a maiden that wins as Hitomi, is favored by Benten and will be blessed with a romantic life.
The tournament is intended to honor and replicate the life of Matsu Hitomi. As such, it is a celebration of Love and Honor. Competing samurai may earn points for a number of available competitions, overseen by expert judges from the Lion, Phoenix, and Imperial families.