As these examples show, because Fukano was adjacent to the capital region, political refugees and those defeated in power struggles drifted into the area. Contact with this cosmopolitan culture encouraged a high degree of literacy, allowing Iga and Koga provinces to adopt the latest in sophisticated intellectual trends and advanced technology. The influence of those currents runs deep in Fukano, as it is located in the same area.
One surprising historical fact is that Oda Nobunaga traveled to the Kasama District as many as five times, accompanied by Hideyoshi, Maeda Toshiie, Oda Nobuo, Mori Ranmaru and others. The object of these trips was to carry out Nobunaga's plan to get closer to the imperial court and learn the manners and decorum of upper-class society, part of the preliminary preparations for his entry into the capital and invasion of Iga Province.
Two river gorges called Ryuguchi (literally, "mouth of the dragon") are found in the mountains that Sasayuri-ann overlooks from its location in Fukano Village (the Iga Ryuguchi in Nabari City, Mie Prefecture and the Yamato Ryuguchi in Uda City, Nara Prefecture, respectively). The castle of Momochi Tanba (the successive lords of this castle were known by the title "Tamba-mori") stands at the border of the two Ryuguchi, and is known as "Castle Mountain. Today, the descendants of Momochi remain in both areas.
The Momochi are direct descendants of emperor Seiwa. Emperor Godaigo overthrew the warrior government and replaced it with direct imperial rule in 1333, but after his attempt at imperial restoration failed, he fled the capital and escaped to Yoshino, where he established the Southern Imperial Court. The supporters of the Southern Imperial Court (who possessed the three imperial regalia), a portion of the nobility and those whose ancestors who had originally served as guardians of the ancient emperors, changed their appearance as well as their surnames and took up the task of protecting the emperor of the Southern Court. Foremost among the nobility that defended the Southern Court were the Sanjo and Momochi clans. As one would expect, it was no coincidence that bases of the Southern Court were established on the front lines running from Fukano through Kami-Kasama, just over the mountain ridge from the valley that stretches from Yamato Ryuguchi to the Uda River. It is also a strange twist of fate that Sasayuri-ann in Fukano incorporates beams and columns salvaged from traditional Japanese houses in the Yamato Ryuguchi region.