Concerned with what he ate until the moment of his death
Ishida Mitsunari

Picture Caption: Nira (Chinese Chive) Rice
While fleeing, his abdomen damaged, Mitsunari suffered from geri. The Jouzan Kidan says that Mitsunari, upon consuming the nira rice prepared by Tanaka Yoshimasa, threw himself down and slept soundly snoring. It’s because nira rice has the effect of mitigating stomache pain.

During a meal, the living styles and beliefs of those eating are projected. As the only one of the five commissioners in the Toyotomi administration who worked hard, Mitsunari became the losing general during the great defeat at the decisive battle of Sekigahara. Come see how he lived in this book “The Food of Samurai.”

He recovered from abdominal pain by eating nira rice
Due to his victory at the Battle of Sekigahara, the hegemony of the representative general of the eastern army, Tokugawa Ieyasu, become rock solid and heralded the demise of the Toyotomi period. However there was one man who refused to give up until the very end, who devoted himself steadfastly to the House of Toyotomi. That man was Ishida Mitsunari.
Mitsunari, as the brains behind the Toyotomi administration, primarily showed an extraordinary shrewdness as the face of the administration. His wisdom is illustrated in the anecdote of his meeting with Hideyoshi.
While falconing, Hideyoshi rested at the temple on the way. In order to quench his thirst, he called for some tea. The one serving him was Mitsunari, at that time 14 or 15 years old. Mitsunari first served an easy to drink “weak tea in a large bowl.” When Hideyoshi requested tea once again, Mitsunari served a second cup of “slightly hot tea in a mid-sized bowl,” and a third cup of “hot thick tea in a small bowl.” Hideyoshi was so impressed by such modest thoughtfulness that he immediately took Mitsunari into his attendance.
Let us return to the story of the Battle of Sekigahara. Even after his defeat, Mitsunari, who prayed for security of the House of Toyotomi, never let his belief waver. There are two episodes relating to food that symbolize this.
After Mitsunari was captured by Tanaka Yoshimasa, he requested nira rice in response to Yoshimasa’s desire to serve him a last meal. Nira helps the digestive system work, improves circulation, and has a warming effect on the body, so it has been used since olden times for indigestion and over sensitivity to the cold. Furthermore, since the fragrant compound of allyl sulfide aids in the absorption of Vitamin B1 and promotes the break down of sugars, nira works to advance the regeneration of energy. In reality, Mitsunari was tormented by intense abdominal pain and suffered from geri during his flight. In other words, it was not at all with the spirit of being a last meal, but for the sake of easing stomach pains and maintaining high spirits that he ate nira rice.

Menu: Nira Rice, Pickles
Ingredients: Nira (Garlic Chives), White rice