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Origin of KODAMA PARTY

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Musashi-shichito (seven parties of samurai in Musashi country) wielded power from the last Heian-era to the Kamakura-era (12-13th century). Shichito (seven parties) included Noyo, Murayama, Yokoyama, Inomata, Tan, Nishi, Tsuzuki, Kisai party and so on bisides KODAMA PARTY, then that didn't mean strictry seven parties.
KODAMA PARTY was the most powerful and had the most blood relative in these Musashi-shichito.

"The fourth grandson of Arimichi (or Udo) Tomine who was Fujiwara Korechika's secound son was Musashi-gonnokami Ieyuki. Ieyuki came this country originally. His son, KODAMA Shotaro Iehiro, called himself as KODAMA associated with his place of residence. His posterity extended more than fifty branches all affiliated with KODAMA PARTY and was prospering in this country."
Shichito-keizu (genealogies of seven parties)

"This country" indicates Musashi country, and the name of KODAMA PARTY is derived from KODAMA area in this country. The area is now KODAMA country in Saitama prefecture, and so it remains the name of KODAMA.
Although KODAMA PARTY is described as the posterity of Fujiwara family in Shichito-keizu, it seems that the relationship of parent and child replaced the one of lord and vassal. Locally influential families working under the aristocracy exclussively succeeding the position of the regent and the chief advisor to the Emperor had often described their genealogies as that.
The man of KODAMA PARTY introduced himself as Arimichi (or Udo) or Ari in addition to KODAMA. KODAMA's ancestors are deified at Ari-uji shrine in Kamiizumi village, KODAMA coutry, Saitama pref.

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