I’m taking this question from a samurai fiction perspective which is why it’s in Cafe Society.
I’ve been reading Lone Wolf and Cub lately and I’ve been struck by just how much money this guy who spends his life wandering from town to town makes. Even with the guys who offer the big payment consistently betraying him Ogami has made several thousand ryo in the course of just a few volumes. From other Samurai films and media I know that’s enough buy a nice house somewhere and retire.
Obviously a former Imperial executioner turned assassin isn’t going to do that but it does make me wonder what he spends his money on. Rice balls for Daigoro? Replacement baby carriages? A lot of prostitutes which he patronizes between stories?
You can extend this question to any of those wandering ronin serials which follow the same formula but given the length of Lone Wolf and Cub I thought there might be an answer actually in the pages…