He is really a magistrate, whose girlfriend works as a spy to find evil deeds and corruption in Edo.
Not above ambushing criminals in person, Kinshiro’s modus operand; normally involves baring his distinctive cherry blossom tattoo, in order to convince wrongdoers that justice has finally found them out.
When brought in front of a judge (who invariably turns out to be Kinshiro himself, out of disguise), the criminals are apt to claim that there is no evidence, thereby allowing him to bare his tattoos once more, with the words
“Do you not see this blizzard of cherry blossoms?” Realizing that the magistrate himself is a witness to their crimes, the criminals resign themselves to their fate, while Kinshiro, or “Kin-san” as he soon became known, gets
to say “Ikken rakuchaku” (Another case solved)— Japanese TV’s answer to “Book ‘em, Danno.”
Enjoy Japanese culture and life, Everyone!