|Lord of Kokura|
|Preceded by||Hosokawa Tadaoki|
|Succeeded by||Ogasawara Tadazane|
|Lord of Kumamoto|
|Preceded by||Katō Tadahiro|
|Succeeded by||Hosokawa Mitsunao|
|Born||December 21, 1586|
|Died||April 26, 1641(aged 54)|
Hosokawa Tadatoshi (細川 忠利?, December 21, 1586 – April 26, 1641) was a Japanese samurai daimyo of the early Edo period. He was the head of Kumamoto Domain. He was a patron of the martial artist Miyamoto Musashi.
Having studied the Yagyū Shinkage-ryū under Ujii Yashiro, Tadatoshi wanted his guest, Musashi, to fight against the sword master of his fief, and see wich style was the strongest. But Ujii, despite his full license in Yagyu Shinkage style, could not strike a single blow against him after numerous bout. Lord Tadatoshi took over, but he too was powerless against Musashi. He said then about Musashi : "I never imagined there could be such a difference in levels of accomplishment !"
This tea retreat, which was established by Hosokawa Tadatoshi, remains a popular tourist attraction
Statue of Hosokawa Tadatoshi at Suizen-ji Jōju-en
- Harris, Victor (1974). Introduction to A Book of Five Rings. New York: Overlook Press.
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