Kurohane Domain

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Kurohane Domain (黒羽藩 Kurohane-han?) was a Japanese domain of the Edo Period. It was associated with Shimotsuke Province in modern-day Tochigi Prefecture.

In the han system, Kurohane was a political and economic abstraction based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[1] In other words, the domain was defined in terms of kokudaka, not land area.[2] This was different from the feudalism of the West.


From the mid-16th century through 1868, Kurohane was ruled by the Ōseki clan.[3]

List of daimyo[edit]

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

  1. Sukemasu
  2. Masamasu
  3. Takamasu
  4. Chikamasu
  5. Masunaga
  6. Masutsune
  7. Masuoki
  8. Masutomo
  9. Masusuke
  10. Masuharu
  11. Masunari
  12. Masunori
  13. Masuakira
  14. Masuyoshi
  15. Masuhiro
  16. Ōseki Masunori

See also[edit]


Map of Japan, 1789 -- the Han system affected cartography
  1. ^ Mass, Jeffrey P. and William B. Hauser. (1987). The Bakufu in Japanese History, p. 150.
  2. ^ Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (1987). Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, p. 18.
  3. ^ Appert, Georges. (1888). "Shimazu" in Ancien Japon, pp. 76; compare Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). "Ōseki" at Nobiliare du Japon, p. 47; retrieved 2013-3-23.
  4. ^ Papinot, (2003). "Ōseki" at p. 47; retrieved 2013-4-2.