Akizuki clan

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Akizuki clan
秋月氏
Crest-of-Akizuki-Clan.jpg
The Akizuki clan crest (mon)
Home province Chikuzen
Current head Akizuki Tanetaka (秋月種高)
Dissolution Still extant

The Akizuki clan (秋月氏 Akizuki-shi) is a Japanese noble family. In the Sengoku period, the Akizuki clan was led by a samurai lord (大名 daimyō) in the Akizuki domain on the island of Kyūshū. From the Meiji period to the end of World War II, the Akizuki family was a contemporary noble (華族 "Kazoku"). After World War II, the land controlled by the Akizuki family became Akizuki prefecture.[citation needed] Later, Akizuki prefecture was re-organized as Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県 Fukuoka-ken).

At present, the former Akizuki area is still referred to as "Akizuki", and is now Asakura, Fukuoka prefecture. The Akizuki clan's main descendants live in Ōita Prefecture and Tokyo.

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Two ships have been named after the Akizuki clan: the Akizuki-class destroyer (1942) of the Imperial Japanese Navy, and the Akizuki-class destroyer (1959) of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The movie director Akira Kurosawa directed a movie about the Akizuki clan, called The Hidden Fortress (隠し砦の三悪人 Kakushi-toride-no-san-akunin), in 1958. The movie was remade in 2008 by director Shinji Higuchi.

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