Tamura clan

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Family name
Ichinoseki in Iwate Prefecture Ja.svg
Modern-day map of Iwate Prefecture; the city of Ichinoseki, which contains the Tamura clan's former territory, is highlighted in red.
Pronunciation Tamura
Region of origin Japanese
In this Japanese name, the family name is "Tamura".

Tamura clan (田村氏 Tamura-shi?) was a Japanese samurai clan[1]

It was part of the fighting in Mutsu Province (northern Honshū). The Tamura became part of the Date clan through intermarriage, and despite the family's abolishment in the Azuchi-Momoyama period, it was revived in the Edo period as an independent family of daimyo closely connected to the Date of Sendai.[citation needed]


The Tamura clan claimed descent from Sakanoue no Tamuramaro.[1]

Sengoku period[edit]

In 1504, the Tamura clan moved from Moriyama to Miharu Castle. As a defense network, the clan set up its retainers in forty-eight subsidiary castles and outposts in the area.[citation needed]

The Tamura line was abolished by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1590, in punishment for Date Masamune's lateness to the Siege of Odawara.[citation needed]

Date Masamune dispossessed the Tamura un 1598; and then he chose his grandson Date Muneyoshi to continue the Tamura name.[1]

Edo period[edit]

In 1695, Tamura Takeaki, son of Muneyoshi, was made head of Ichinoseki Domain (27.000 koku) in Mutsu Province.[1] This was a small domain in the middle of the Sendai domain's northern half.[2]

Ichinoseki domain forces took part in the Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei's attack on the Akita Domain in the late summer of 1868.[3]

In the Meiji era, the former Tamura lord of Ichinoseki, Tamura Takaaki, was created viscount in the new kazoku peerage system.[4]

Family Heads[edit]

Main line (Ichinoseki)[edit]

Notable retainers[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). ("Shiba," Nobiliare du Japon, p. 59 [PDF 63 of 80]; retrieved 2013-5-3.
  2. ^ Onodera, Eikō (2005). Boshin Nanboku sensō to Tōhoku seiken (Sendai: Kita no Mori), p. 134.
  3. ^ Onodera, p. 194.
  4. ^ Koyasu Nobushige (1880), Buke kazoku meiyoden vol. 1 (Tokyo: Koyasu Nobushige), p. 21. (Accessed from National Diet Library, 13 August 2008)

Further reading[edit]

  • Koyasu Nobushige (1880). Buke kazoku meiyoden 武家家族名誉伝 Volume 1. Tokyo: Koyasu Nobushige. (Accessed from National Diet Library, 13 August 2008)
  • Onodera, Eikō (2005). Boshin Nanboku sensō to Tōhoku seiken. Sendai: Kita no Mori.

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