In the han system, Nanokaichi was a political and economic abstraction based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields. In other words, the domain was defined in terms of kokudaka, not land area. This was different from the feudalism of the West.
The domain had its headquarters in a jin'ya rather than a castle. Parts still stand on the original site (now a high school) and some other structures have been moved. Nanokaichi was ruled by a branch of the Maeda clan of Kaga.
- Mass, Jeffrey P. and William B. Hauser. (1987). The Bakufu in Japanese History, p. 150.
- Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (1987). Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, p. 18.
- McClellan, Edwin (1997). Studies in modern Japanese Literature. (Detroit: University of Michigan), p. 70.
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