Oyumi Domain

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Oyumi Domain (生実藩 Oyumi-han?) was a Japanese domain of the Edo period, located in Shimōsa Province (modern-day Chiba Prefecture), Japan.

In the han system, Oyumi 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.

History[edit]

The domain was centered on what is now Chuo Ward and Midori Ward of the city of Chiba. It was ruled for the entirety of its history by the Morikawa clan.

Oyumi Domain was created in February, 1627, when Morikawa Shigetoshi, a hatamoto in the service of Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada acquired holdings in Sagami, Kazusa and Shimōsa Provinces with revenues exceeding the 10,000 koku necessary to qualify as a daimyō. He was allowed to build a jin'ya on the site of the Sengoku period Oyumi Castle. He later rose to the post of Rōjū and his successors continued to rule Oyumi Domain until the Meiji Restoration.

List of daimyō[edit]

# Name Tenure Courtesy title Court Rank revenues
1 Morikawa Shigetoshi ( 森川重俊?) 1627–1632 Dewa-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10, 000 koku
2 Morikawa Shigemasa ( 森川重政?) 1632–1663 Iga-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 koku
3 Morikawa Shigenobu ( 森川重信?) 1663–1692 Dewa-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 koku
4 Morikawa Shigetane ( 森川俊胤?) 1692–1732 Dewa-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 koku
5 Morikawa Shigetsune ( 森川俊常?) 1732–1734 Naizen-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 koku
6 Morikawa Shigenori ( 森川俊令?) 1734–1764 Naizen-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 koku
7 Morikawa Shigetaka ( 森川俊孝?) 1764–1788 Kii-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10, 000 koku
8 Morikawa Shigetomo ( 森川俊知?) 1788–1838 Naizen-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 koku
9 Morikawa Shigetami ( 森川俊民?) 1838–1855 Dewa-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 koku
10 Morikawa Shigehira ( 森川俊位?) 1855–1858 Dewa-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 koku
11 Morikawa Shigenori ( 森川俊徳?) 1858–1862 Dewa-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 koku
12 Morikawa Shigekata ( 森川俊方?) 1862–1871 Naizen-no-kami Lower 5th (従五位下) 10,000 koku

The site of the Oyumi Domain jin'ya is now under a residential area of the city of Chiba.

References[edit]

  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]

  • Bolitho, Harold (1974). Treasures among men; the fudai daimyo in Tokugawa Japan. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Kodama Kōta 児玉幸多, Kitajima Masamoto 北島正元 (1966). Kantō no shohan 関東の諸藩. Tokyo: Shin Jinbutsu Ōraisha.

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