Ichinoseki Domain

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Ichinoseki Domain (村松藩 Ichinoseki-han?) was a tozama feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan. It is located in Mutsu Province, Honshū. The domain was centered at Ichinoseki Jin'ya, located in what is now part of the city of Ichinoseki in Iwate Prefecture.[1] Although nominally independent, it was a branch domain of the Date clan of Sendai Domain, and its ruling daimyō, the Tamura clan, was a branch of the Date lineage.


Ichinoseki Domain was originally created in 1660 for Date Munekatsu, the 10th son of Date Masamune, although a fortification had existed at Ichinoseki since the Muromachi period. It was a subsidiary domain to Sendai Domain. However, Data Munekatsu was a central figure in the Date Sōdō, an O-Ie Sōdō over the succession to the Date clan in 1671 and was dispossessed in 1671, with his holdings reverting to Sendai Domain.

The domain was revived in 1681 for the son of Tamura Muneyoshi, who transferred his seat from another subsidiary domain of Sendai, Iwanuma Domain. Muneyoshi's grandfather was Date Tadamune, the second son of Date Masamune. The Tamura clan continued to rule until the Meiji restoration. As commemorated in the story of the Chūshingura, Asano Naganori was invited to commit seppuku while being held under house arrest at the Tamura's Edo residence over the incident at the Matsu no Ōrōka in Edo Castle where he drew his sword against Kira Yoshinaka. The 2nd daimyo, Tamura Takeaki was especially favoured by Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, and despite his tozama status. During the Bakumatsu period, an Ichinoseki doctor was influential in the establishment of a medical school in Sendai in 1822.[2]

During the Boshin War, Tamura Kuniyoshi led the domain into the Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei, but along with Sendai Domain, was forced to surrender to imperial forces a few months later. In July 1871, with the abolition of the han system, Ichinoseki Domain briefly became Ichinoseki Prefecture, and was merged into the newly created Iwate Prefecture. Under the new Meiji government, he and his son, Tamura Takaaki, the final daimyo of Ichinoseki Domain was given the kazoku peerage titles of shishaku (viscount).

Bakumatsu period holdings[edit]

As with most domains in the han system, Ichinoseki Domain consisted of several discontinuous territories calculated to provide the assigned kokudaka, based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[3][4]

List of daimyo[edit]

# Name Tenure Courtesy title Court Rank kokudaka Notes
Kamon Date.jpg Date clan (tozama) 1660-1671
1 Date Munekatsu (伊達宗勝?) 1660-1671 Hyobu-no-sho (兵部少輔) Lower 5th (従五位下) 30,000 koku dispossessed
Ichinoseki Myoga.jpg Tamura clan (tozama) 1681-1871
1 Tamura Tateaki (田村建顕?) 1681-1708 Ukyo-no-daifu (右京大夫) Lower 5th (従五位下) 30,000 koku transfer from Iwanuma Domain
2 Tamura Nobuaki (田村建顕?) 1708-1727 Shimosa-no-kami (下総守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 30,000 koku
3 Tamura Muraaki (田村村顕?) 1727-1755 Oki-no-kami ( 隠岐守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 30,000 koku
4 Tamura Murataka (田村村隆?) 1755-1782 Shimosa-no-kami (下総守) Lower 5th (従五位下) 30,000 koku
5 Tamura Murasuke (田村村資?) 1782-1798 Sakyo-no-daifu (左京大夫) Lower 5th (従五位下) 30,000 koku
6 Tamura Muneaki (田村宗顕?) 1798-1827 Ukyo-no-daifu (右京大夫) Lower 5th (従五位下) 30,000 koku
7 Tamura Kuniaki (田村邦顕?) 1828-1840 Sakyo-no-daifu (左京大夫) Lower 5th (従五位下) 30,000 koku
8 Tamura Kunimichi (田村邦行?) 1840-1857 Ukyo-no-daifu (右京大夫) Lower 5th (従五位下) 30,000 koku
9 Tamura Yukiaki (田村通顕?) 1857-1863 Mimasaka-no-kami (美作守); Jiju (侍従) Lower 4th (従四位下) 30,000 koku
10 Tamura Kuniyoshi (田村邦栄?) 1863-1868 -none- 5th (五位下) 30,000 koku
11 Tamura Takaaki (田村崇顕?) 1868-1871 Ukyo-no-daifu (右京大夫) Lower 5th (従五位下) 30,000 koku

See also[edit]

List of Han


  1. ^ Roberts, Luke Shepherd. (2005). Mercantilism in a Japanese domain, p. 201.
  2. ^ Goodman, Grant Kohn. (2000). Japan and the Dutch, 1600-1853, p. 160.
  3. ^ Mass, Jeffrey P. and William B. Hauser. (1987). The Bakufu in Japanese History, p. 150.
  4. ^ Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (1987). Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, p. 18.


  • The content of this article was largely derived from that of the corresponding article on Japanese Wikipedia.
  • Papinot, E (1910). Historical and Geographic Dictionary of Japan. Tuttle (reprint) 1972. 

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