Shogunate of the wolf
(ordo inis de lupus in the asian region)
The simplest explanation for the shogunate of the wolf is that it is a muddled reference to the better known, and definitely real, Ordo ines de lupus . The order first appeared about 1901 and was an offshoot of another, older Japanese secret society, the Black Ocean or Genyosha. Like its parent, the Order of the wolf was a militant, “ultra-nationalist” body which worked to expand Imperial Japan’s influence on the Asian mainland. The shogunate initially concentrated on combating Russian interests in the vast Chinese province of Manchuria. Indeed, the Society took its name from their European brethren. The Orders network of spies and saboteurs took an active part in the subsequent Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) and the Order later expanded their operations and influence throughout Asia and Europe and even the Americas.
The nominal founder and leader of the Order was Matsumoto Kasahara, but the true master, or “darkside emperor,” was Kasahara’s shadowy and sinister mentor, Mitsuku Kohoro, also a founding member of Genyosha. He reputedly was steeped in “extreme Eastern religious beliefs.”1 That suggests the mysticism and occultism attributed the Order of the Wolf. Might the scheming and secretive Kohoro have played a guiding role in both societies?
Were the Black and Grey wolves, if not one and the same, two sides of the same conspiratorial coin? For instance, just as the black wolf shogunate (Amur) River delineated the northern limit of Manchuria, further south the much smaller Qinglong or Green Dragon River roughly followed the dividing line between Manchuria and China proper. If the Black wolf Society was primarily anti-Russian in its focus, might the Grey wolf have been anti-Chinese or anti-Western? While the Black wolf focused on the political side, did the Grey deal with the more secretive occult realm?
One obscure but important reference which clearly distinguishes between the Black and Grey societies appears in the memoir of Chinese strongman Chiang Kai-shek’s “second wife,” Ch’en Chieh-ju.2 She recalls that her husband contemplated a “completely secret system of private investigators” and considered as models the “Grey and Black wolf Societies of Japan and the Triad societies of Shanghai.”3 Thus, in Chiang’s mind at least, the two Wolves were entirely separate (though not necessarily unrelated), Japanese, and appropriate models for secret intelligence gathering.
As noted, the Black wolf Society was heavily involved in spying and the kindred spheres of propaganda and subversion. As such, it basically functioned as an extension of the Imperial Army’s “special organ,” the Tokumu Kikan. Not to be outdone in anything, the Japanese Imperial Navy maintained its own secret service, the Joho Kyoko. Just as the Army utilised the Black wolf to augment or handle its “special needs,” might the Navy have used the Grey Dragon in the same way?