The family crest- Two standing cranes facing each other

Ujisato was born in 1556 in Hino-cho, Gamo-gun, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, as the eldest son of the warlord Gamo Kenshu.

He served Oda Nobunaga and took Nobunaga’s daughter, Fuyuhime, as his wife.

After Nobunaga’s death, he served Toyotami Hideyoshi, built Matsusaka Castle in 1588, and named the castle town “Matsusaka”.

He promoted the policies of Nobunaga and Hideyoshi and Rakuichi Rakuza, and introduced the system of free economy to reflect the castle town.

 Ujisato was also a tea master who was deeply involved with Sen no Rikyu.He was one of Rikyu’s seven disciples, the “seven philosophers of Rikyu.

Rikyu committed suicide,because of Hideyoshi’s anger,Ujisato who was in Aizu protected Rikyu’s second son, Koan. Later, Koan rebuilt the “Senke”,in the Edo period (1603-1867), Koan’s grandchildren established the Omotesenke, Urasenke, and Mushanokoji Senke schools.

Without Ujisato’s help, the three Senke families that continue to this day might not have existed.

Ujisato died after only 40 years of life.  But he left behind many things in Omi, Matsusaka, and Aizu, as well as in the tea ceremony, which have been handed down to the present generation.

Ujisato’s family crest is derived from a legend that his ancestors were able to survive on the battlefield thanks to the guidance of the crane, a symbol of vitality and longevity.

The design consists of two standing cranes facing each other. One of the cranes has inflated wings, which depicts courtship behavior.

松阪開府の祖「蒲生 氏郷」