It’s just two weeks away and I haven’t made a peep about the resin beauties available at Hometown Dolpa Sendai 2!
Before I begin I also wanted to make a note that Volks Inc is making more of an effort to translate their materials in English. Sure, a lot of the information is the same, however, the graphics are also getting translated to a certain degree now- even onomatopoetic sounds are being translated with meaning! It’s lovely that Volks INC is acknowledging all the thousands of fans across the globe who adore and follow Super Dollfie Culture… even though they may not ever make it to a dolpa! Thank you Volks! ❤
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Volks has created three special resin dolls that are honoring the rich history of this area of Japan: Date Masamune, Hasekura Tsunenaga and Megohime. All of these dolls have had previous incarnations that have been exceedingly popular and here they are once again to help us celebrate Sendai history!
This Dolpa is all about characters from the important Japanese cultural seat of Sendai! To really understand these characters it’s worth noting all of these people lived during the Sengoku Period:
“The Sengoku period (戦国時代 Sengoku Jidai, “Age of Warring States”; c. 1467 – c. 1568) is a period in Japanese history marked by social upheaval, political intrigue and near-constant military conflict. Japanese historians named it after the otherwise unrelated Warring States period in China. It was initiated by the Ōnin War, which collapsed the Japanese feudal system under the Ashikaga shogunate, and came to an end when the system was re-established under the Tokugawa shogunate by Tokugawa Ieyasu.” (wikipedia)
To say things were tough would be an understatement… there was constant worry of spies, wars and assignations which made being a daimyō (local feudal lord), well, a pretty rough job to accomplish let along keep. This may help give you some insight into the characters and their relationships…
Masamuna Date and Tsunenaga Hasekura (both in their 2nd version) The SDGr boy body has seen some updates in the last few years that has lent it a kind of rebirth and giving it a more muscular look. Undoubtedly there will be fans of both the before and after body sculpt but to my eye the after is looking pretty divine!
If you’re reading intense subtext between these two historical characters then you’re not far off.
“Date Masamune (伊達 政宗, September 5, 1567 – June 27, 1636) was a regional ruler of Japan’s Azuchi–Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyōs in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day city of Sendai. An outstanding tactician, he was made all the more iconic for his missing eye, as Masamune was often called dokuganryū (独眼竜), or the “One-Eyed Dragon of Ōshu” (wikipedia)
Masamune is also credited with the founding of contemporary Sendai and is responsible for the original city layout- which is still used to this very day. It is not unreasonable that both he and Tsunenaga worked on making Sendai into the powerful historic city center that still exists today.
Unfortunately their relationship was destined to be a tumultuous one… Tsunenaga’s father was accused of treason by Date Masamune (he accused a lot of people of treason and had them killed to protect Sendai against political intrigue!) and was put to death. Naturally this punishment would have extended further down the family line and also call for Tsunenaga’s death as well however Masamune let him have another option- undertake the Keichō Mission…
“In the years 1613 through 1620, Hasekura headed a diplomatic mission to Spain and the Vatican in Rome, traveling through New Spain and visiting various ports-of-call in Europe. This historic mission is called the Keichō Embassy (慶長使節), and follows the Tenshō embassy (天正使節) of 1582. On the return trip, Hasekura and his companions re-traced their route across New Spain in 1619, sailing from Acapulco for Manila, and then sailing north to Japan in 1620. He is conventionally considered the first Japanese ambassador in the Americas and in Spain.”
Unfortunately in the seven years it took to complete the mission Japan was looking inwards towards its civil unrest. Tsunenaga’s homecoming brought both joy and suffering. No one knows what passed between Tsunenaga and Masamune but it was obviously intense and sealed his fate- there would not be another expedition to the West for 200 years to follow:
The direct effect of Hasekura’s return to Sendai was the interdiction of Christianity in the Sendai fief two days later:
- “Two days after the return of Rokuemon to Sendai, a three-point edict against the Christian was promulgated: first, that all Christians were ordered to abandon their faith, in accordance with the rule of the shōgun, and for those who did not, they would be exiled if they were nobles, and killed if they were citizens, peasants or servants. (November 1620 letter of father Angelis, Japan-China archives of the Jesuits in Rome, quoted in Gonoi’s “Hasekura Tsunenaga”, p231)
…Hasekura may have made an enthusiastic – and to a certain extent, disturbing – account of the greatness and might of Western countries and the Christian religion. He may also have encouraged an alliance between the Church and Date Masamune to take over the country (an idea advertised by the Franciscans while in Rome), which, in 1620 Japan, would have been a totally unrealistic proposition. Lastly, hopes of trade with Spain evaporated when Hasekura communicated that the Spanish King would not enter an agreement as long as persecutions were occurring in the rest of the country.
At the very least Hasekura did not ‘take the temperature of the room’ when he returned and he and his followers, despite the importance of the mission, faded into obscurity.
Though a somewhat sad ending to an amazing tale Tsunenaga was an amazing explorer and ambassador for Japanese culture~
Let’s move on to happier thoughts~
Finally we have the very special and lovely Megohime, surrounded by her court maidens~
Megohime, or Yoshihime (愛姫, 1568 – February 21, 1653) was a woman from the Azuchi–Momoyama period to the early Edo period. She is the daughter and only child of Tamura Kiyoaki, the lord of Miharu Castle, and Okita, daughter of Sōma Akitane. She was also the wife of Date Masamune.
Megohime was known for her fierce loyalty and devotion to her husband. She is brought to life as a special DearSD which is only sold as lottery dolls at the Dolpa Event Venue. She comes with a special outfit, PSW body and is a reissue of the ever popular Ushiwakamaru [牛若丸] sculpt with a feminine face-up. The package is very, very lovely and is sure to be enormously popular at this Dolpa!
Indicated in the images above there will be one off dolls. For pictures be sure to check the Super Dollfie Instagram! Pictures go up about a week or so before dolpa. ❤
—-> More about Sendai History
Many wishes for a happy Dolpa for those of you lucky enough to attend and much lucky to everyone in the Afterevent as well! I’ll update our calendar here with dates as they are announced! ❤
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