Please note: This article is about the Tortoise Clan founder. For other uses of the term, please see Kasuga (disambiguation).
Born: 420 
Died: Unknown 
Children: Kasuga Genjiko,
Un-named son 
Titles: Tortoise Clan Founder

Agasha Kasuga was a shugenja of the Dragon Clan who became the founder of the Tortoise Clan. He was born in 420. [1]

Imperial Court Edit

Kasuga was a brilliant man, but his unorthodox views on the teaching of the Elements made him to be relegated in station of lower rank at Otosan Uchi. He used the post to apply Agasha's theories to observe the behavior of the heimin and hinin, which earned the trust of the Yasuki Merchants, themselves accustomed to minimizing caste differences in the name of profit. [2]

Gaijin Edit

Kasuga was fascinated by the gaijin who appeared in the Imperial City. When violence between them and the Rokuganibegan, Kasuga suspected something darker had happened that was not the doing of the gaijin themselves. Kasuga gave refuge to Teodoro Cornejo, the Merenae leader and helped the gaijin survivors of the Battle of White Stag and Battle of Raging Seas escape Rokugan following the battles. He enlisted his Yasuki friends to arrange passage for the foreigners and himself, back to their homeland. [2] His name was thereafter stricken from Imperial records and his immediate family imprisoned for his dishonorable actions. [3]

Founding the Tortoise Edit

Upon his return to Rokugan, Kasuga requested, and received, a private audience with the Emperor. It was not publicy known what Kasuga said, but afterwards, the emperor pardoned him of his crimes and granted him and his followers Minor Clan status. [4] It was formed by Kasuga's family, the Yasuki captains , and also several Merenae who decided to remain within Rokugan. [5] They obtained the land which the gaijin had invaded, and a clan title: Tortoise. The Emperor named himself the Daimyo of the Tortoise, thus ensuring that they would never have a family name. [3]

Ancestral Duty Edit

After his return Kasuga had convinced Hantei Muhaki to conduct covert trade with the overseas gaijin in order to spy on them. [6] He also granted the Tortoise a distant island, Kameyama Jima, to serve as their home away from home. [7] When Emperor Hantei Muhaki passed on from life, the Crane attempted to undermine the Tortoise. Kasuga was granted an audience by the new Empress, Hantei Retsuhime, and the next day, she announced the Tortoise charter had been expanded: henceforth they would also be caretakers for the Imperial City of Otosan Uchi, keeping the streets clean, repairing the homes, and performing other such menial but necessary tasks. [8]

Children Edit

Kasuga only daughter was Kasuga Genjiko. [9] His son built the Shrine of Agasha Kasuga, to honor his father, and started a line of caretakers who tended the shrine since. [10]

See also Edit

Preceded by:
Tortoise Clan Kizoku
442 - ?
Succeeded by:
Kasuga Genjiko


  1. Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita, p. 89
  2. 2.0 2.1 Imperial Histories, p. 92
  3. 3.0 3.1 Way of the Minor Clans, p. 90
  4. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 12
  5. Imperial Histories, p. 85
  6. Imperial Histories, p. 77
  7. Secrets of the Empire, p. 101
  8. Secrets of the Empire, p. 98
  9. Way of the Minor Clans, p. 91
  10. Secrets of the Mantis, p. 73

Sources Conflict
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The data of years between Third Edition and Minor Clans is a nonsense. If Kasuga was born in 492, he could not be at 442 in the battle of White Stag. If he died at 532, and was Champion in 442, he died witn more than hundred years. It is not possible to match both sources. After The Imperial Histories page 75 again dated Kasuga in the year 442, I remove the data of Way of the Minor Clans page 96. --Oni no Pikachu 17:57, April 25, 2012 (UTC)

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