Azai clan

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Azai clan
Japanese Crest mitumori Kikkou ni Hanabishi.svg
The Azai clan mon
Home provinceŌmi
Final rulerAzai Nagamasa
Ruled until1573, Azai Nagamasa commits seppuku

The Azai clan (Japanese: 浅井氏, Hepburn: Azai-shi) was a line of daimyōs (feudal lords) during Japan's Sengoku period that was based in Ōmi Province (present day Shiga Prefecture). The Azai clan, along with the Asakura clan, opposed Oda Nobunaga in the late 16th century. They were defeated by him at the Battle of Anegawa in 1570, and all but eliminated when their home castle, Odani Castle, was taken three years later.

Azai of note[edit]


  1. ^ "The silk coloured portrait of wife of Takatsugu Kyogoku," Archived 2011-05-06 at the Wayback Machine Digital Cultural Properties of Wakasa Obama; Oichinokata[dead link], Gifu prefecture website.

Further reading[edit]

  • Turnbull, Stephen. (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. London: Cassell & Co.
  • __________. (2002). War in Japan: 1467–1615. Oxford: Osprey Publishing.