Itakura Katsushige

In this Japanese name, the family name is Itakura.
Itakura Katsushige
2nd Kyoto Shoshidai
In office
Preceded by Okudaira Nobumasa
Succeeded by Itakura Shigemune
Personal details
Born 1545
Died June 14, 1624
Nationality Japanese

Itakura Katsushige (板倉 勝重, 1545 June 14, 1624) was a Japanese daimyō of the Azuchi–Momoyama Period to early Edo period.[1] He fought at the side of Ieyasu Tokugawa at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.[2]

Katsuhige's daimyō family claimed descent from the Shibukawa branch of the Seiwa Genji. The Itakura identified its clan origins in Mikawa Province, and the descendants of Katsuhige were considered the elder branch of the clan.[3]

Katsuhige was sometimes identified by his title, Iga-no kami.[3]

He served in the Tokugawa shogunate as the second Kyoto Shoshidai,[4] holding office in the period spanning the years from 1601 through 1620.[5] In addition to administrative duties, the shoshidai's participation in ceremonial events served a function in consolidating the power and influence of the shogunate. For example, in September 1617, a Korean delegation was received by Hidetada at Fushimi Castle, and Katsuhige was summoned for two reasons (1) for the Koreans, to underscore the importance accorded the embassy, and (2) for the kuge courtiers in attendance, to make sure that they were properly impressed.[6]

Katsushige was succeeded in this role by his eldest son, Shigemune, who held the office from 1620 through 1654.[7] The merit earned by Katsushigu and Shigemune was remembered years later when devastation of the Itakura family was threatened by the otherwise unpardonable actions of a descendant.[8]

He was unusual in that he was one of the "new men" in the close service of Tokugawa Ieyasu.[9] After the Siege of Osaka, Katsushige was entrusted with enforcing the newly promulgated Kuge Shohatto code of conduct for court nobles.[10] He was the senior shogunate official overseeing the completion of Nijō Castle's construction in 1603.[11]

His grave is at Chōen-ji Temple, in modern-day Nishio, Aichi.


  1. Meyer, Eva-Maria. "Gouverneure von Kyôto in der Edo-Zeit." Universität Tübingen (in German).
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric et al. (2005). "Itakura Katsushige" in Japan encyclopedia, p. 403., p. 403, at Google Books; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File.
  3. 1 2 Papinot, Jacques. (2003). Nobiliare du Japon -- Itakura, pp. 16–17; Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon. (in French/German).
  4. Murdoch, A History of Japan, p. 10.
  5. Meyer, Eva-Maria. "Gouverneure von Kyôto in der Edo-Zeit." University of Tüebingen (in German).
  6. Toby, Ronald. (1991). State and Diplomacy in Early Modern Japan: Asia in the Development of the Tokugawa Bakufu, p. 69.
  7. Murdoch, pp. 10, p. 134.
  8. Screech, Timon. (2006). Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822, pp. 117]–121.
  9. Bolitho, Harold. (1974). Treasures among Men, p. 161.
  10. Butler, Lee A. "Tokugawa Ieyasu's Regulations for the Court: A Reappraisal," Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 54, No. 2 (Dec., 1994), pp. 509–551.
  11. Nijō Castle construction, Columbia University.


Preceded by
Okudaira Nobumasa
2nd Kyoto Shoshidai
Succeeded by
Itakura Shigemune

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