Kumamoto Domain

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Stonework at Yatsushiro Castle in Kumamoto

The Kumamoto Domain (熊本藩 Kumamoto-han?), also known as Higo Domain (肥後藩 Higo-han?), was a Japanese domain of the Edo period. It was associated with Higo Province in modern-day Kumamoto Prefecture.[1]

In the han system, Kumamoto 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.


The domain was centered at the Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto.

Under the Hosokawa, with an income of 540,000 koku, the Kumamoto domain was one of the largest in Kyushu, second only to the Satsuma Domain, and excluding the lands held by the Tokugawa and Matsudaira clans, the fourth-largest in Japan after the Kaga, Satsuma and Sendai domains.[4]

List of daimyo[edit]

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

  1. Kiyomasa (1562–1611)[5]
  2. Tadahiro (1597–1653)[5]
  1. Tadatoshi (1586–1641)[6]
  2. Mitsunao
  3. Tsunatoshi
  4. Nobunori
  5. Munetaka
  6. Shigekata (1718–1785)[6]
  7. Harutoshi
  8. Narishige
  9. Naritatsu
  10. Narimori
  11. Yoshikuni
  12. Morihisa

See also[edit]


Map of Japan, 1789 -- the Han system affected cartography
  1. ^ "HIgo Province" at JapaneseCastleExplorer.com; retrieved 2013-5-24.
  2. ^ Mass, Jeffrey P. and William B. Hauser. (1987). The Bakufu in Japanese History, p. 150.
  3. ^ Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (1987). Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, p. 18.
  4. ^ Totman, Conrad. (1993). Early Modern Japan, p. 119.
  5. ^ a b c Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). "Katō" at Nobiliare du Japon, p. 20; retrieved 2013-5-24.
  6. ^ a b c Papinot, (2003). "Katō" at Nobiliare du Japon, p. 12; retrieved 2013-5-24.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kumamoto Domain at Wikimedia Commons