Hosokawa Tadatoshi

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Hosokawa.
Hosokawa Tadatoshi
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Lord of Kokura
In office
Preceded by Hosokawa Tadaoki
Succeeded by Ogasawara Tadazane
Lord of Kumamoto
In office
Preceded by Katō Tadahiro
Succeeded by Hosokawa Mitsunao
Personal details
Born (1586-12-21)December 21, 1586
Died April 26, 1641(1641-04-26) (aged 54)
Nationality Japanese
Spouse(s) Ogasawara Chiyo

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

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.




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
Lord of Kokura
Succeeded by
Ogasawara Tadazane
Preceded by
Katō Tadahiro
Lord of Kumamoto
Succeeded by
Hosokawa Mitsunao