The Kutsuki were a branch of the Sasaki family hailing from Omi Province. They served as the stewards of the Kutsuki manor in that province in the Kamakura period, and the house continued through the Warring States period and into the Edo period, when some of their members became bannermen (direct vassals of the shogun) or daimyo (provincial lords). "The archives of Kutsuki family" consist of historical documents passed down in the family through the years. The Cabinet Records Bureau purchased them from the Kutsuki in 1888. Containing more than 1,060 documents, the archives were designated an important cultural property in the first year of Heisei( 1989).
This is okibumi, the document announcing the conveyance of the territory, from Munenori Taira to his son, Masuichimaru (later Akimori) on November 28 in the second year of Genko (1322). Okibumi is a document of rules that must be followed now and for generations. Munemori Taira is the descendant of Yorimori, who was called Ikeno Dainagon. Ikenozenni, the mother of Yorimori and step-mother of Kiyomori Taira, had saved the life of Yoritomo Minamoto after Heiji no ran (Riot of Heiji) and therefore Yorimori was kindly treated by Yoritomo. His descendants settled in Kamakura and served close to the shogun.
Original size: 34cm and 53cm