Fukui Domain

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Bridge at Fukui Castle

The Fukui Domain (福井藩 Fukui han?), also known as Echizen Domain (越前?), was a Japanese domain in the Edo period. It is associated with Echizen Province in modern-day Fukui Prefecture on the island of Honshu.[1]

In the han system, Fukui was a political and economic abstraction based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[2] In other words, the domain was defined in terms of kokudaka, not land area.[3] This was different from the feudalism of the West.

History[edit]

Scale model of Fukui Castle

Fukui was the castle town of the Matsudaira of Echizen.[4]

In 1661, Fukui became the first han to issue hansatsu (domain paper money).[4]

In 1686, the han was reduced from 475,000 koku to 250,000 koku.[5]

List of daimyo[edit]

The hereditary daimyo were head of the clan and head of the domain.

Mitsubaaoi.jpg Matsudaira clan, 1590-1868 (fudai; 320,000 koku)[6]

  1. Yūki Hideyasu (1574-1607), also known as Matsudaira Hideyasu[7]
  2. Matsudaira Tadanao (1595–1650)[8]
  3. Matsudaira Tadamasa[6]
  4. Matsudaira Mitsumichi
  5. Matsudaira Masachika
  6. Matsudaira Tsunamasa[9]
  7. Matsudaira Yoshinori
  8. Matsudaira Yoshikuni
  9. Matsudaira Munemasa
  10. Matsudaira Munenori
  11. Matsudaira Shigemasa
  12. Matsudaira Shigetomi
  13. Matsudaira Haruyoshi
  14. Matsudaira Naritsugu
  15. Matsudaira Narisawa
  16. Matsudaira Yoshinaga, adopted by Matsudaira Nariyoshi[10]
  17. Matsudaira Mochiaki

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Map of Japan, 1789 -- the Han system affected cartography

External links[edit]

Media related to Fukui Domain at Wikimedia Commons