Masaoki Hoshina Mound
The hill at the back of the house of the Takamatsu family in Mizusawa District in Hideya is called a ‘Wanderer’s Hill’ where the tomb of Masaoki Hoshina, the chief retainer of the Aizu domain, stands.
Masaoki Hoshina was defeated in a political dispute when he was posted as the chief retainer of the Aizu domain. He lost his position, was exiled to Mizusawa District at the age of 38 in 1686 and was never pardoned. According to the “Lineage Record” of 1690, local tradition and the engraving on the tomb, he died here in 1689. The old tombstone probably built at that time is cross-cut and lying broken on the ground today, demonstrating the ferocity of the political dispute.
Masaoki Hoshina taught reading and writing to children, climbed a mountain to offer prayers for rain at the time of a drought, was called Minbu-sama and the villagers loved him. The farewell poem that he composed before his death remains with the Takamatsu Family, conveying his grief at being exiled.
(Note) Align the first syllable and the last syllable on each line, and it reads “Mound of Masaoki Hoshina” in Japanese.
Masaoki celebrated his coming of age at 15, succeeded to the Hoshina Family, was posted as chief retainer at 27 and worked as an important clan administrator. However, at 37, he was suddenly released from his post and ordered to shut himself in Aizu, his home town. The next year, he was deprived of all of his possessions and status, and was exiled to Mizusawa District in Hideya as a criminal.
He probably became a felon of the domain because he was unable to stop the tyranny of Seiko-in, who was a mistress of Feudal Lord Masaoki and later became his second wife. In addition, because the lady Masaoki remarried was a niece of Seiko-in, Masaoki was probably punished as a substitute for Seiko-in.