Nanokaichi Domain

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The Nanokaichi Domain (七日市藩 Nanokaichi-han?) was a Japanese feudal domain of the Edo period, located in Kōzuke Province (in the modern-day city of Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture).

In the han system, Nanokaichi 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.


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.


  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.

Further reading[edit]

  • McClellan, Edwin (1997). Studies in modern Japanese Literature. (Detroit: University of Michigan), p. 70.