He is sent to Tarumi, a small beach-side village in Japan, to recuperate from tuberculosis.
They fell in love with each other and married. There are different accounts on how they met. Matsu the samurai one of them she, along with other Japanese girls from Samurai families, were waiting on the Daimyo Matsuura at an evening party when she met Zheng. The meeting may have been deliberately arranged by Matsuura or her parents to help marry her off to a foreigner.
It said that Zheng Zhilong fled to Japan when he was young and worked as a tailor. He lost his life savings of three coppers on a road and was looking for them but couldn't find Matsu the samurai. He started crying but a Japanese widow who was standing inside the gate of her house saw him and asked him what was wrong.
Zheng Zhilong told her and then she said to him "With your skill, you could easily make 3 million coppers, how could you arrive at this situation over 3 coppers?
She gave him the Japanese name Fukumatsu. According to legend there was a whale washing ashore and a storm was he was born. Tagawa was the first woman Zheng fell in love with and they were viewed as having a common-law marriage already. Sources say that Zheng Zhilong was the father and that he visited Hirado to impregnate her with Shichizayemon  and that he received the surname Tagawa because he was adopted by Tagawa Matsu's parents but others say Shichizaemon was the product of an unknown Japanese man which is why he was given Tagawa's surname and not Zheng.
Koxinga was sent to live with his father in China in Koxinga, upon hearing of the invasion, immediately returned to Quanzhou, only to discover that his mother had killed herself in a refusal to surrender to the Manchus. Some people say she was raped by the Manchus.
After this, Koxinga developed a growing and powerful antagonism with the Qing Empire. She is said in one source to have killed herself by stabbing herself in the neck. Until her last breath she thought of the honor of Japan. The Japanese claim she committed suicide while fighting and that she preferred "death" and had the "Yamato spirit" while what really occurred is unknown because of the many different versions offered from different sources.
This may have been a Chinese author who mixed it up with sepukku.
The Qing did not trust him because they were the ones who got Tagawa killed so he might turn against the Qing if they let him go. He was mentally unstable and torn apart psychologically by every factor and problem that came before him, the killing of the Southern Ming Longwu emperor, his mother's death, his father under arrest by the Manchus, and the differences between China's filial piety and Japanese culture on loyalty to the leader due to his mixed Chinese-Japanese heritage.
Koxinga had some physical and behavioral differences with pure Chinese people due to his mother being Japanese and being raised in Japan according to Italian missionary Vittorio Ricco like holding samurai ideals on bravery, using "feigned and hearty laughter" to show anger, his different shade of skin color which was paler than pure Chinese, and adhering to bushido because of his samurai training and his Japanese mother raising him.
According to Japanese folklore in Hirado her name was Matsu. There are a small number of Chinese sources mistaking Tagawa Matsu as Weng Yihuang's blood daughter, with a Japanese mother surnamed Tagawa.
Chinese on Taiwan who seek to downplay Tagawa Matsu's Japanese identity accept this theory that she was the daughter of the Chinese Weng Yihuang and a Japanese Tagawa woman,   making Koxinga only one fourth Japanese through one Japanese grandmother.
Adopted theory[ edit ] Other sources say that Weng Yihuang was her stepfather, that Weng Yihuang married Tagawa Matsu's widowed Japanese mother after Tagawa Matsu's Japanese father died and adopted her as his stepdaughter. B Posonby-Fane pushed the theory that Tagawa was a Japanese woman from a high class Samurai background.
It is agreed by modern historians that she was neither and that she was a Japanese girl from an average Samurai family, not of high rank and not a prostitute.
Japanese sources say that her samurai father was either Lord Matsuura's Samurai Tagawa Yazayemon  or her father's name was Tagawa Shichizaemon whom she named her second son after. The samurai Tagawa Yazayemon was an ashigaru according to Hirado folklore and there was nothing else describing him as that according to Inagaki.
Tagawa's ancestral tablet was saved after the Qing attack. Her descendants through her great-grandson Zheng Keshuang served as Han Bannermen in Beijing until when the Xinhai revolution broke out and the Qing dynasty fell, after which they moved back to Anhai and Nan'an in southern Fujian in mainland China.
They still live there to this day. Soon after his departure, his wife gave birth to a second son who was named Shichizaemon" who spend his life wholly in Japan and did not develop the love for adventure and renown which made his elder brother so famous. He moved to Taiwan in and focuses his work on building stronger ties between Taiwan and mainland China.Matsu, the man with undying bravery and wisdom, gentle and loving is the samurai in The Samurai’s Garden.
But his garden didn’t stop in just his backyard, no; his garden was also all of Yamaguchi. The The Samurai’s Garden Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by . The leader of the samurai was Mutsuhito, Matsu's former love.
Matsu slew Mutsuhito, but not before the man could mortally wound the Phoenix Thunder Isawa. While Isawa, now dying, performed the ritual to bind Fu Leng, Matsu and Spouse: Un-named Akodo. Matsu's sister who committed seppuku after discovering she had leprosy.
Sachi A gentle woman inflicted with leprosy who befriends Stephan and cares deeply for Matsu. 19 quotes from The Samurai's Garden: ‘Sometimes you can’t let go of the past without facing it again.’ The Samurai's Garden Quotes (showing of 19) “Sometimes you can’t let go of the past without facing it again.” “Matsu gathered up what little was left of the food and wrapped it back up in the furoshiki.
'I followed. Matsu and Stephen are perfect examples, in it that Matsu is the samurai who must watch over his wealthier master which happens to be Stephen, who indeed is wealthy.
Although Matsu is only a servant, Stephen shows great respect for him.