Date Munemoto

In this Japanese name, the family name is Date.
Date Munemoto
Lord of Sendai
In office
Preceded by Date Yoshikuni
Succeeded by Date Muneatsu
Personal details
Born (1866-08-24)August 24, 1866
Sendai, Japan
Died January 27, 1917(1917-01-27) (aged 50)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Spouse(s) Takatsukasa Tsunahime (1st wife), Tokugawa Takako (2nd wife)

Count Date Munemoto (伊達宗基) was a daimyo during the Bakumatsu period. He was the 30th generation head of the Date clan and 12th and final daimyo of Sendai Domain in northern Japan.


The fourth son of Date Yoshikuni, Munemoto became head of Date clan in 1868, following the defeat of the Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei in the Boshin War of the Meiji Restoration and the voluntary retirement of his father to seclusion in Tokyo. The new Meiji government permitted Munemoto to become daimyo of Sendai domain, but penalized the domain severely for its participation in the rebellion by reducing its revenues from 620,000 to 280,000 koku.

In 1869, the position of daimyo was abolished, and Munemoto was made appointive imperial governor. In 1870, he yielded this position to his adoptive brother Date Muneatsu, but retained the post of clan leader.

He was married to the daughter of Matsura Akira, daimyo of Hirado Domain, by whom he had one daughter. In 1884, Munemoto was created count (hakushaku) in the new Japanese kazoku peerage system. He was advanced to Third Court Rank in 1911 and Second Court Rank in 1917. On his death in 1917, the post of clan leader went to his younger brother Date Kunimune.

See also


The emblem (mon) of the Date clan
    Preceded by
    Date Yoshikuni
    Lord of Sendai
    Succeeded by
    Date Muneatsu

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