Sanada clan

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Sanada".
The emblem (mon) of the Sanada clan

The Sanada clan (真田氏 Sanada-shi?) is a Japanese clan.[1] The Sanada were long associated with Matsushiro Domain in modern-day Nagano Prefecture.


The Sanada clan claimed descent from the Seiwa Genji.[1]

Sanada Yukitaka established the clan and it name at the beginning of the 16th century.[1]

Sanada Masayuki

In the Sengoku period, Sanada Masayuki (1545-1609) led the clan. His son Sanada Yukimura (1567-1615) served Toyotomi Hideyoshi starting in 1587.[2]

At the Battle of Sekigahara Nobushige fought against Tokugawa Ieyasu. He opposed the Tokugawa again at the Battle of Osaka where he died.[2]

Edo era[edit]

Sanada Nobuyuki (1566–1658) was the oldest son of Masayuki. In 1600, he sided with the Tokugawa. He was given control of Ueda Domain in Shinano Province and Numata Domain in Kozuke Province with revenues of 65,000 koku. In 1622, Nobuyuki was transferred to Matsushiro Domain (100,000 koku) in Shinano. His descendants remained there until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.[1]

Sanada clan forces took part in the attack on Aizu in 1868, on the side of the imperial army. They were slated to take charge of Aizu prisoners of war, but refused.[citation needed]

Modern era[edit]

In 1871, the former daimyo was made a count in the kazoku peerage system. The head of a cadet branch of the clan was given the title of baron.[1]

The Meiji-era ornithologist Yukiyasu Kiyosu was the son of Sanada Yukitami, the last lord of Matsushiro.[citation needed]

Family heads[edit]

  1. Yukitaka
  2. Nobutsuna
  3. Masayuki[2]
  4. Nobuyuki[2]
  5. Nobumasa
  6. Yukimichi
  7. Nobuhiro
  8. Nobuyasu
  9. Yukihiro
  10. Yukitaka (2nd)
  11. Yukitsura
  12. Yukinori
  13. Yukitami
  14. Yukimura

Notable retainers[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). ("Sanada," Nobiliare du Japon, p. 52 [PDF 56 of 80]; retrieved 2013-5-3.
  2. ^ a b c d Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Sanada Nobushige" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 816.

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