Ishiyama Shonagon is the eldest son of a noble family in Momoyama Japan. As was common in Japan, his father's family was summoned to the Imperial capital to be exposed to the court and to assure his father's loyalty. While in the capital he has become somewhat known as a courtier, but has spent his spare time learning the noble crafts of Japan.
For his meritorious involvement, Ishiyama was granted arms on October 22nd, AS 46 at Agincourt. His device is blazoned, "(Fieldless) On a hexagon Or, a rabbit's head cabossed Sable".
For his continuing involvement, Ishiyama was awarded arms on February 28th, AS 43 at the Festival of Minohi.
Bugei - The arts of war
Ishiyama is not a warrior himself, but he has become associated with Clan Yama Kaminari and by watching them has learned much of the ways of the Bushi. While he does not fight, he seeks to emulate their nobility and service. He has also learned much by observing and helping Sir Maghnus an Chnoic na n'Iora, the head of his household.
For service to Their Majesties Titus and Anna Leigh of Æthelmearc during the Estrella War, Ishiyama was made a Companion of the Golden Thorn on April 11th, AS 49 at the Coronation of Timothy II and Gabrielle II.
Bungei - The arts of society
Ishiyama has become somewhat accomplished at several traditional crafts, including:
On August 7th A.S. 53 at Pennsic War XLVII Their Majesties Sven and Siobhan, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, elevated Ishiyama to a peer of the Noble Order of the Laurel.
For his meritorious accomplishments, Ishiyama has been inducted into the Kingdom of Æthelmearc's Order of the Fleur on October 22nd, AS 46 at Agincourt.
For his accomplishments, Ishiyama has been inducted into the Kingdom of Æthelmearc's Order of the Sycamore on February 28th, AS 43 at the Festival of Minohi.
Though his term is now over, after winning the Arts and Sciences Competition at the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands' 12th Night Celebration on January 12th of 2013, Ishiyama was named the Baronial Arts and Sciences Champion.
For his accomplishments, Ishiyama has been inducted into the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands' Order of the Comet Azure Argent on May 26th, AS 47 at the Queen's Rapier Championship and BMDL Birthday Celebration.
At the Festival for the Passing of the Ice Dragon in 2015 Ishiyama was runner-up in the Arts and Sciences Pentathlon after placing entries in six different sub-categories and receiving tops scores in three of them.
Giri - Duty to others
Ishiyama has dedicated himself to helping his household, clan, barony, kingdom, and society. He teaches classes, creates objects, and contributes time. His involvement is limited by available time, but he tries to make the most of it.
For his service to the crown of Æthelmearc during the reign of Byron and Ariella, Ishiyama was inducted into the Order of the Sigil of Æthlemearc on September 24th, AS 51 at the Coronation of Marcus and Margerite.
For his service to the crown of Æthelmearc during the reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, Ishiyama was inducted into the Order of the Sigil of Æthlemearc on April 11th, AS 49 at the Coronation of Timothy II and Gabrielle II.
For his service to the crown of Æthelmearc during the reign of Christopher III and Morgen III, Ishiyama was inducted into the Order of the Sigil of Æthlemearc on September 17th, AS 46 at the Coronation of Isenwulf and Rosalinda.
For service that continues and is ever growing, Ishiyama was made a Companion of the Order of Copernicus of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands on August 2nd, AS 50 at the Baronial court at Pennsic 44.