Hosokawa Tadatoshi

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Hosokawa Tadatoshi
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Daimyō of Kokura
In office
Preceded byHosokawa Tadaoki
Succeeded byOgasawara Tadazane
Daimyō of Kumamoto
In office
Preceded byKatō Tadahiro
Succeeded byHosokawa Mitsunao
Personal details
Born(1586-12-21)December 21, 1586
DiedApril 26, 1641(1641-04-26) (aged 54)

Hosokawa Tadatoshi (細川 忠利, December 21, 1586 – April 26, 1641) was a Japanese samurai daimyō of the early Edo period.[1] He was the head of Kumamoto Domain. He was a patron of the martial artist Miyamoto Musashi.

He married Chiyohime (1597–1649) daughter of Ogasawara Hidemasa and adopted daughter of the second Tokugawa shōgun[definition needed], Hidetada. His childhood name was Mitsuchiyo (光千代).

Having studied the Yagyū Shinkage-ryū under Ujii Yashiro, Tadatoshi wanted his guest, Musashi, to fight against the sword master of his fief, and see which style was the strongest. But Ujii, despite his full license in Yagyu Shinkage style, could not strike a single blow against him after numerous bout. Lord Tadatoshi took over, but he too was powerless against Musashi. He said then about Musashi: "I never imagined there could be such a difference in levels of accomplishment!"

Tadatoshi's grave is in Kumamoto. His grandfather was Hosokawa Fujitaka.


  • Father: Hosokawa Tadaoki
  • Mother: Hosokawa Gracia
  • Wife: Chiyohime (1597–1649)
  • Children:
    • Hosokawa Mitsunao by Chiyohime
    • Fujihime married Matsudaira Tadahiro
    • Hosokawa Munemoto
    • daughter married Ariyoshi Hidenaga
    • Hosokawa Naofusa
    • Nanjo Mototomo (1641-1703)




The emblem (mon) of the Hosokawa clan
  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Hosokawa Tadatoshi" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 359; 細川忠利 at Nihon jinmei daijiten; retrieved 2013-5-29.

External links[edit]

  • Harris, Victor (1974). Introduction to A Book of Five Rings. New York: Overlook Press.
Preceded by
Hosokawa Tadaoki
Daimyō of Kokura
Succeeded by
Ogasawara Tadazane
Preceded by
Katō Tadahiro
Daimyō of Kumamoto
Succeeded by
Hosokawa Mitsunao