Inoue Masamoto

In this Japanese name, the family name is Inoue .
Inoue Masamoto
Born December 24, 1778
Died March 11, 1858
Nationality Japanese
Other names Kawachi-no-kami
Occupation Daimyō

Inoue Masamoto (井上正甫, December 24, 1778 March 11, 1858) was a daimyō and official of the Tokugawa shogunate during mid-Edo period Japan.


Inoue Masamoto was the eldest son of the previous daimyō of Hamamatsu Domain, Inoue Masasada. He became 8th head of the Mikawa-branch of Inoue clan and daimyō of Hamamatsu Domain on his father’s death in 1786. He was awarded Lower 5th Court Rank and the courtesy title of Kawachi-no-kami soon afterwards.

In 1802, Masamoto entered the administration of the Tokugawa shogunate as a Sōshaban (Master of Ceremonies) under Shogun Tokugawa Ienari.

In 1816, while hawking in what is now Sendagaya outside of Edo, Masamoto raped a young farm wife. On being discovered by her husband, he drew his sword and cut off the man’s arm. He gave retainers orders to silence the couple by kidnapping them and taking them to Hamamatsu, but in a short time the story become known throughout Edo, and Masamoto and his men became an object of ridicule by the townspeople and were shunned by their peers. On December 23 of the same year, Masamoto was relieved of his posts, and was reassigned on September 14, 1817 to Tanagura Domain (60,000 koku), in what is now Fukushima Province. However, claiming illness, he never left Edo and remained in seclusion at his Edo residence until his death in 1858.

Inoue Masamoto was married to a daughter of Sanada Yukihiro, daimyō of Matsushiro Domain in Shinano Province. He also had a daughter of Matsudaira Takehiro (daimyō of Tatebayashi Domain) and a daughter of Oda Nobuchika (daimyō of Takahata Domain) as his concubines. He was succeeded by his eldest son Inoue Masaharu in 1820.

His grave is at the Inoue clan temple of Jōshin-ji in Bunkyō, Tokyo.


Preceded by
Inoue Masasada
Daimyō of Hamamatsu
Succeeded by
Mizuno Tadakuni
Preceded by
Ogawasara Nagamasa
Daimyō of Tanagura
Succeeded by
Inoue Masaharu

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