Imagawa clan

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The emblem (mon) of the Imagawa clan

Imagawa clan (今川氏 Imagawa-uji?) was a Japanese noble military clan that claimed descent from the Seiwa Genji by way of the Kawachi Genji. It was a branch of the Minamoto clan by the Ashikaga clan.

Origins[edit]

Ashikaga Kuniuji, grandson of Ashikaga Yoshiuji, established himself in the 13th century at Imagawa (Mikawa Province) and took its name.

Imagawa Norikuni (1295–1384) received from his cousin the shogun Ashikaga Takauji the province of Tōtōmi, and later that of Suruga.

Located at[edit]

Ounami no Kori, Mikawa (modern day Nishio, Aichi) mainly Suruga Province and Tōtōmi Province during the Warring States period

Crests[edit]

  • Two hikiryou
  • Yoshimoto's version of the akaitori (pictured)
  • Two hikiryou and a paulownia planted in white soil

Major figures[edit]

Imagawa Sadayo, Ujichika, Yoshimoto, Ujizane

Muromachi era[edit]

Sengoku era[edit]

After the death of Yoshimoto at the Battle of Okehazama in 1560, many Imagawa officers defected to other clans. Within a decade the clan had lost all of its land holdings to the Tokugawa and Takeda clans. The Imagawa subsequently became masters of ceremonies in the service of the Tokugawa clan.[1]

Clan castles[edit]

Separated by province name.

Edo period[edit]

Imagawa Norinobu, an Imagawa of the late Edo period, was a wakadoshiyori in the Tokugawa administration.

Key genealogies[edit]

Suruga

Tōtōmi

Tōtōmi (Horikoshi branch)

Tōtōmi (Sena branch)

Notable retainers[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ (Japanese) "Suruga Imagawa-shi" on Harimaya.com (12 July 2008)

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