Ikeda Akiko was at one point mentioned as a possible candidate for marrying Sano in Shinjū.
Sano's father believed that the match was possible, and also mentioned that the nineteen year old young woman brought with her a dowry of four hundred ryo. Despite this, Sano knew that the Ikeda clan would not even consider a match with Akiko and himself, but his sick father was convinced it would work, even stating that a miai would be arranged. Sano forestalled any other objections to what his father was saying to prevent him from coughing and making himself sick. Akiko is not mentioned again.