Ogyu Banzan is the former north magistrate of Edo.
Ogyu is a thin, stoop-shouldered old man, who seemed lost in his voluminous silk robes. His hands were pale and spidery hands, and his pinched face had drooping eye-lids and an age-spotted bald pate which looked like a diseased melon in flickering lamplight. Like many other members of the refined upper classes, he never came directly to the point.
He stressed the importance of proper dress and appearance to Sano and reminded him what was expected from him, when Sano crossed the line of expected behavior. When Ogyu had just sentenced a man to death and his family to exile, he was as calm as could be. As he handled so many trials, he had grown inured to sights that would disturb others.
He inhabited one of the largest mansions- a hibiya, a long, low building. Barred wooden lattices covered the windows. The roof’s projecting eaves cast deep shadows over the veranda.
Ogyu was born Asashio Banzan. He is the only son of a Tokugawa vassal.
Upon marriage, he took his wife's family name.
|Sano clan||Sano Ichirō • Reiko • Masahiro • Akiko • Etsuko • Sano Shutarō|
|Yangisawa clan||Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu • Lady Yanagisawa • Yoritomo • Kikuko • Yoshisato|
|Hirata clan||Hirata • Midori • Taeko • Tatsuo • Chiyoko|
|Tokugawa clan||Tokugawa Tsunayoshi • Ienobu|
|Niu clan||Niu Masamune • Lady Niu • Niu Masahito • Niu Yukiko|