Itakura clan

In this Japanese name, the family name is Itakura.
Itakura clan
Home province Mikawa
Parent house Shibukawa clan (Ashikaga clan)
Titles Various
Dissolution still existant
Itakura Katsukiyo, a famous clan member of the 19th century

The Itakura clan (板倉氏 Itakura-shi) is a Japanese clan which came to prominence during the Sengoku period.[1] The family claimed descent from Shibukawa Yoshiaki, the son of Ashikaga Yasuuji, a relative of the Ashikaga shoguns. Over time, the clan evolved into several branches which were daimyo, ruling the Bitchū-Matsuyama, Niwase, Fukushima, and Annaka Domains.

One of Yoshiaki's descendants went to Mikawa Province and entered the service of the Matsudaira clan; the Itakura subsequently became fudai. The Itakura served the Matsudaira clan during its rise to power in the 16th century, and became senior officials in the new Tokugawa shogunate.

In the Edo period, the Itakura were identified as one of the fudai or insider daimyō clans which were hereditary vassals or allies of the Tokugawa clan,[2] in contrast with the tozama or outsider clans.

Itakura clan genealogy

The fudai Itakura clan originated in 17th century Mikawa province.[2] They claim descent from the Seiwa-Genji through the Shibukawa branch of the Imperial family.[3]

Notable clan members

Itakura Katsukiyo, the famous shogunate official, was a prominent member of this clan from the 19th century. Another was Itakura Shigemasa, the first leader of the shogunate's armies at the Shimabara Rebellion; Shigemasa was killed in action there.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 Meyer, Eva-Maria. "Gouverneure von Kyôto in der Edo-Zeit." Universität Tübingen (in German).
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Appert, Georges. (1888). Ancien Japon, p. 68.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 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. Papinot, p. 16.
  5. "Nobility, Peerage and Ranks in Ancient and Meiji-Japan," p. 14.


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