The Benibana Museum (The Safflower Museum)

20.Supplication of Yoshiaki Mogami (最上義光の祈願文)

At the time when Nobunaga was given a gift of an excellent horse from Shiratori, Yoshiaki Mogami (最上義光) was suffering from a serious illness. Yoshiaki prayed Yudono-san (湯殿山) to donate benibana if he could recover his health.

This document is preserved even now. The document was dated on August 28, 1579, and titled "Wishes to a reverential avatar". He sent for Fukusenbou (副泉坊) with the document, telling he would donate a horse and matured benibana on April 8 of the following year after his wish should come true. Benibana mentioned in the document would be dried one.

This date would have something to do with the opening of the Yudono-san, the mountain of asceticism. At that period, the mountain was opened on April 8 and closed on August 8. As Yoshiaki prayed after the mountain finished its course of rites, he postponed his gift to the next year. Another document tells that he recovered his health by virtue of the praying. Benibana seemed to be cultivated in Mogami area, but its technique of cultivation was not prevailed. So it is a wonder how they treated them at the Yudonosan. Anyway, this benibana document is very valuable one and this story tells that benibana was already valueless thing.

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  1. Benibana (Safflower : Carthamus Tinctorius) Revived
  2. From the Horigome Residence of a Wealthy Farmer to the Museum
  3. Horigome's Former Residence
  4. The Benibana House
  5. Place of Origin of Benibana
  6. Flora of Benibana
  7. Kinds of Benibana
  8. Its Use and Effect
  9. How to Grow Benibana
  10. Variety of Dyeing Materials
  11. Main Plants Dyes
  12. Technique of Benibana Dyes
  13. Benibana Dyeing for Everybody
  14. How to Make Benibana Wine
  15. How to Make Rouge
  16. History of Benibana
  17. Benibana Charmed the Noblemen
  18. Benibana for Tax Obligation
  19. Nobunaga Oda Made a Present of Benibana
  20. Supplication of Yoshiaki Mogami
  21. Anrakuji Temple Documents of Benibana Donation
  22. Evaluation of Mogami Benibana
  23. Prosperity of Flower Market
  24. "Mebaya" and "Sanbe" as Traders
  25. All the Fields Covered with Benibana
  26. Two Haiku Lines of Benibana
  27. Yield of Benibana
  28. Area under Cultivation of Mogami-benibana
  29. Price of Mogami-benibana
  30. Route of Benibana Conveyance
  31. Deterioration of Mogami Benibana
  32. Decline of Domestic Benibana
  33. Life of Mogami-benibana
  34. Kahoku Town - Town of Safflower
  35. Benibana Tradings
  36. Benibana Jizo as a Guardian
  37. Color of Twelve Official Ranks
  38. Rich Benibana Traders and Road of Culture
  40. Conversion Table
  41. Access