While the Yamaoka Estate displayed a glorious past, the Family Residence was falling apart.
The house needed numerous renovations to remain habitable.
The last generation of the Yamaoka family were facing troubled times.
Their finances were dire and the situation worsened when the daughter started university, just a few months before the mother became ill. Shouldering both university fees and hospital bills, the father worked past exhaustion.
To keep a roof over their heads, he profaned their legacy.
The walls of their ancestral home were sealed with mouldy materials for a cheap fix.
As the house was stripped of its integrity, an old anger was awakened.
The estate was bought by the first of the Yamaoka, a shipwreck survivor, who came from a distant ashy island.
He washed ashore just as political tensions sparked the flames of war.
Yamaoka joined the battlefield and unleashed hell on his foes. No one could match the raw fury of his katana, which elevated him to a legend.
They say his devilish mask haunted the dreams of all men.
His fame grew as he spilled blood on both sides of the conflict.
With power came wealth, which he used to buy the estate and begin his legacy.
The land was passed down from one generation to the next, each one leaving its mark on the landscape.
The garden grew and expended through the ages.
Now only an old maple tree remains untouched from Yamaoka’s era, representing the whole family.