She was born Sentō (仙洞院(仙桃院)?), the second daughter of Nagao Tamekage. Her mother is believed to have later born Uesugi Kenshin. -gozen is an honorific suffix; her given name was Ayahime (綾姫). She had two sons and two daughters by Nagao Masakage: their oldest son in childhood, so their second son, Kagekatsu, was adopted into the Uesugi clan, as reportedly were their daughters. Aya-Gozen moved to Kasugayama Castle in 1564. According to legend, she recommended Naoe Kanetsugu to serve Kagekatsu.
After Kenshin's death, a dispute arose between Kagekatsu and Kagetora; Aya-Gozen tried to protect Kagetora's heir after the death of her eldest daughter (Kagetora's wife). She later returned to Kikuhime, died at Yonezawa Castle, and was enshrined at Risen-ji. Her Buddhist name was Sento-In.
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