Inaba Masanari

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Inaba Masanari
Inaba Masanari.JPG
1st Lord of Mōka
In office
Preceded by Hori Chikayoshi
Succeeded by Inaba Masakatsu
Personal details
Born 1571
Died October 14, 1628 (age 57)
Nationality Japanese
Spouse(s) Lady Kasuga
In this Japanese name, the family name is "Inaba".

Inaba Masanari (稲葉 正成?, 1571 – October 14, 1628), also known as Inaba Masashige[1] and sometimes known as Mino-no-kami,[2] was a Japanese samurai of the Azuchi-Momoyama period through early Edo period. He served the Oda, Toyotomi, and Tokugawa clans, and became a daimyo in the early Edo period.

Masanari was the husband of Kasuga-no-Tsubone,[3] who bore him three sons -- Masakatsu, Masasada, and Masatoshi.[4] For some reason, Masanari divorced her; and she then became wet-nurse to Tokugawa Hidetada's eldest son.[5] One of Masanari's grandsons, Inaba Masayasu (1640–1684), is primarily remembered as the enigmatic wakadoshiyori assassin of tairō Hotta Masatoshi.[6]

In the Edo period, the Inaba were identified as one of the fudai or insider daimyō clans which were hereditary vassels or allies of the Tokugawa clan,[7] in contrast with the tozama or outsider clans.

Inaba clan branches[edit]

The fudai Inaba clan originated in 16th century Mino province.[8] They claim descent from Kōno Michitaka (d. 1374),[9] who claimed descent from Emperor Kammu (736–805).[10]

A cadet branch are descended from Inaba Masanari (+1628), who fought in the armies of Nobunaga and then Hideyoshi.[9] This branch of the Inaba was created in 1588.[8] In 1619, he was granted the han of Itoigawa (25,000 koku) in Echigo province; then, in 1627, his holding was transferred to Mōka Domain (65,000 koku) in Shimotsuke province. His descendants resided successively at Odawara Domain (105,000 koku) in Sagami province from 1632 through 1685; at Takata Domain in Echigo province from 1685 through 1701; at Sakura Domain in Shimōsa province from 1701 through 1723.[9] Masanari's heirs settled at Yodo Domain (115,000 koku) in Yamashiro province from 1723 through 1868.[8]

The head of this clan line was ennobled as a "Viscount" in the Meiji period.[9]

Notable descendants[edit]


  1. ^ 稲葉正成 at; retrieved 2013-6-7.
  2. ^ Bodart-Bailey, Beatrice. (1998). The Dog Shogun: The Personality and Policies of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, p. 71.
  3. ^ (Japanese) "Inaba-shi" on
  4. ^ "[Unknown title]," Bulletin of the South Sea Association. Vo.l. 2 (July 1939).
  5. ^ Murdock, James. (1996) A History of Japan, p. 706.
  6. ^ Brinkley, Frank et al. (1915). A History of the Japanese People from the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era, p. 598; Bodart-Bailey, p. 98.
  7. ^ a b c d Meyer, Eva-Maria. "Gouverneure von Kyôto in der Edo-Zeit." Universität Tübingen (in German).
  8. ^ a b c Appert, Georges. (1888). Ancien Japon, p. 67.
  9. ^ a b c d Papinot, Jacques. (2003). Nobiliare du Japon -- Inaba, p. 15; Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon. (in French/German).
  10. ^ "Inaba" at citing Hank, Patrick, ed. (2003). Dictionary of American Family Names.


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Preceded by
1st Lord of Jūshichijō
Succeeded by
Preceded by
1st Lord of Itoigawa

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hori Chikayoshi
1st Lord of Mōka

Succeeded by
Inaba Masakatsu