Shadowed Autumn Leaves
“Spring blossoms do not shy from the cold winds, so why must we be subordinate to our fears?”
Appearance and Personality
Doji Hanbei is the very picture of a noble Crane; he is slender and fragile. His hair is always freshly dyed, with never a single strand out of place. He is strictly fastidious, many would say to the point of vanity, and has a clear appreciation of the finer things in life. Though he is often accused of being foppish and arrogant, Hanbei deflects such comments with delicate ease, always seeming the victim of spiteful enemies, no matter how true their accusations might be.
Born into ease and nobility, Doji Hanbei has had a great deal of influence over his course in life. What he loves, he pursues with great dedication and passion; in spite of his young age he is already considered one of the Empire’s premier ikebana artists, in addition to his dedication to several other disciplines of art. In contrast, what he has little interest in, swordsmanship, kyujutsu, and the various bugei arts, he has avoided to a extent which sickens many bushi. Since his gempukku, Hanbei has served as a fixture of the Imperial Court, and has held his own against veteran courtiers with twice as much experience. Recently, he has been betrothed to a young up and coming Utaku Shiotome named Aeko. Though the marriage is one of diplomatic convenience, Hanbei seems exceptionally pleased with the arrangement beyond its political benefits.