Hitoyoshi Domain

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Aerial view of Hitoyoshi Castle

The Hitoyoshi Domain (人吉藩, Hitoyoshi-han) was a Japanese domain of the Edo period. It was associated with Higo Province in modern-day Kumamoto Prefecture.[1]

In the han system, Hitoyoshi was a political and economic abstraction based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[2] In other words, the domain was defined in terms of kokudaka, not land area.[3] This was different from the feudalism of the West.


The Sagara clan was established at Hitoyoshi in the 13th century; and they stayed in the same place until the Meiji Restoration.[4]

List of daimyo[edit]

The hereditary daimyo were head of the clan and head of the domain.

  1. Yorifusa
  2. Yorihiro
  3. Yoritaka
  4. Yoritomi
  5. Nagaoki
  6. Nagaari
  7. Yorimine
  8. Yorihisa
  9. Akinaga
  10. Yorisada
  11. Tomimochi
  12. Nagahiro
  13. Yorinori
  14. Yoriyuki
  15. Nagatomi
  16. Yorimoto

See also[edit]


Map of Japan, 1789 -- the Han system affected cartography
  1. ^ "Higo Province" at JapaneseCastleExplorer.com; retrieved 2013-5-28.
  2. ^ Mass, Jeffrey P. and William B. Hauser. (1987). The Bakufu in Japanese History, p. 150.
  3. ^ Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (1987). Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, p. 18.
  4. ^ a b Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). "Hosokawa" at Nobiliare du Japon, p. 50; retrieved 2013-5-28.

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