Mugen told Jin and Fuu that he killed a man that helf the sign of the shogunate: that man was Mito Komon, the star of the longest-running TV show in Japanese history, which began in 1969 and is still running in 2005, after more than 1000 episodes. Though a fictional character, Komon is based on a real person, Tokugawa Ieyasu's grandson Tokugawa Mitsukuni (1628-1700). The real Mitsukuni was the lord of Mito Province (now Ibaraki prefecture), a reclusive scholar best known for the amount of research he contributed to a very important and influential history, the Dai-Nihon-Shi ("Great History of Japan"). He was called by his literary pen-name, Komon ("yellow gate"), hence "Mito Komon". His fictional counterpart travels the country in the guise of a retired merchant, giving him regular reasons to right wrongs and aid the oppressed. The signature moment of every episode, apparently, comes near the end, when in the middle of a violent struggle with the villain of the week, Komon's attendants interrupt to flash in the evil-doer's face their master's inro, a lacquered case bearing the Tokugawa crest (just as happens in the story Mugen recounts), and proclaim that the man he's fighting is none other than the current Shogun's uncle, Lord Mitsukuni of Mito. ("Hikae! Kono mondokoro ga me ni hairan ka?" "Down! Can you not see this emblem?").