Murakami Yoshikiyo

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Murakami Yoshikiyo (村上 義清, 1501 – 1573) was a Japanese Samurai from Murakami clan and retainer of the Japanese clan of Uesugi during the Sengoku Period of the 16th century. Yoshikiyo followed in fighting against both Takeda Nobutora and his son Takeda Shingen. Yoshikiyo was also a very close ally under Uesugi Kenshin and one of Shingen' bitterest opponent for his high kill-counts in their conflicts


Before he came into conflict with Takeda he was on good term with them, Yoshikiyo even sent back Oi Sadataka, their enemies who fled to Yoshikiyo domain to Takeda's home city of Kōfu as a prisoner, where he was then killed. at first he was joined the collaboration with Ogasawara Nagatoki, Suwa Yorishige, Kiso Yoshiyasu, and Tozawa Yorichika in opposing Shingen in battle of Sezawa. but he suffered defeat in this battle

In 1546, when Shingen was came to attack Shinano castle Yoshikiyo came to the rescue commanding 6000 warriors, crushing Harunobu's spearhead and claim the life of some commanders like Amari Bizen and Yokota Bitchu. but he is suffering defeat later after the strings of Takeda's more brilliant strategists like Yamamoto Kansuke, Sanada Yukitaka and his son Sanada Masayuki join the fray and each score their brilliant strategems to ensure Harunobu's series of victories. however in 1547 Yoshikiyo settled the score with Shingen, who has just enjoyed victory for seizing Shiga castle, caught him off guard and attacked him with entire force and routed him.[1] One year later in 1548 he provided more severe defeat to Takeda by killing 3 of Shingen's generals Itagaki Nobukata, Amari Torayasu, and Hajikano Den'emon in Battle of Uedahara in similar full scale counterattack as before and causing Shingen to retreat into Kai after losing 700 men[2]

In 1550 he held Toishi Castle for 1 year against Sanada Yukitaka and suffering loss but not before inflicting loss with the death one of Takeda's general, Yokota Takatoshi

In 1553 he was forced to abandon Shinano after lose to Takeda in Siege of Kannomine and forced to seek aid to Kenshin and servend as his retainer and granted Nechi castle in Echigo for his service at the Battles of Kawanakajima as center division commander of the Uesugi army.

One source has saying at fourth battle of Kawanakajima he has killed Takeda Nobushige, Shingen's brother and one of his most important general and strategist[3] although another source was saying it was Kenshin himself who personally slay Nobushige[4]


He later recovered Shinano and died in 1573, and his son Murakami Kunikiyo(Yamaura Kagekuni) became retainer of Uesugi

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