Komatsuhime Honda, also known as Ina Honda, was a Japanese woman of Azuchi-Momoyama. She was the daughter of Tadakatsu Honda, and was adopted before marrying Sanada Nobuyuki. She was described as being a very beautiful, highly intelligent and a phenomenal warrior just like her father.
She had 3 children-Manhime, Sanada Nobumasa of Matsushiro, and Sanada Nobushige. Honda had a childhood nickname, Inahama. After being use to watching the martial of the Sanada, her father and her were captured by them. Her adoptive father, Tokugawa Ieyasu, was trying to arrange Ina to marry Sanada Nobuyuki, who was a son of a Lord. During 1600, Nobuyoki’s father was on his way to the Castle, along with his other son, the famous Sanada Yukimura. They both stopped at the Numata Castle, where Ina was managing some affairs. She had got a message to her saying, “I want to see my grandchildren”, and as a response, the princess suddenly tried to hurry, dressed in her battle attire, and said, “Since we have parted ways in this conflict, although you are my father-in-law I cannot allow you in this castle.
” Masayuki and Yukimura had to withdraw to a temple, and were surprised when they saw Ina (with her children) arrive after them. After the Battle, she took charge of sending them food and other goods. Ina was seen as a good wife and wise mother. She died in Konosu at the age of 47, while she was on her way to a hot spring. Nobuyuki mourned her death, saying, “the light of my house has been extinguished.” Ina’s grave can be found there. Today, visitors can see items that she used to battle with, including her palanquin.
In conclusion, Ina Honda, or Komatsuhime, is a very powerful woman. She went through the worst and came back stronger than ever. She had taught herself how to fight, and gave birth to some of the strongest men in the Sanada Domain.
She even taught herself archery extremely hard back then. Being a woman, a young woman, you need to always have knowledge about woman years ago who did good deeds and fought for what was right, including her family.