Akamatsu clan

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Akamatsu.
Akamatsu clan
Akamatsu mon.png
Emblem (mon) of the Akamatsu clan
Home province Harima
Parent house Murakami-Genji (Minamoto clan)
Titles Various
Cadet branches Shinmen clan

Akamatsu clan (赤松氏 Akamatsu-shi?) is a Japanese samurai family of direct descent from Minamoto no Morifusa of the Murakami-Genji.[1]


They were prominent shugo-daimyō in Harima during the Sengoku period.

During the Ōnin no ran (1467-1477), Akamatsu Masanori was one of the chief generals of the Hosokawa clan.[2]

The head of the clan at Shizuoka in Suruga Province became a kazoku baron in 1887.[1]

The Shinmen clan were a branch of the Akamatsu.[3]

Select members of the clan[edit]

Akamatsu grave markers at Harima

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). "Akamatsu" at Nobiliare du Japon, p. 1; retrieved 2013-4-11.
  2. ^ Varley, H. Paul. (1967). The Ōnin war: history of its origins and background, p. 75.
  3. ^ Yoshikawa, Eiji. (1995). Musashi, p. 94.
  4. ^ a b Hall, John Whitney. (1999). The Cambridge History of Japan: Medieval Japan, Vol. 3, pp. 600-603.
  5. ^ Sansom, George (1961). A History of Japan, 1334-1615. Stanford University Press. p. 85,89. ISBN 0804705259. 
  6. ^ a b Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kaikitsu-no-hen," Japan encyclopedia, p. 456.