Inaba Masanobu (稲葉 正謖?, November 8, 1749 – October 5, 1806) was a daimyo in early 19th-century Japan during the Edo period. Masanobu's family was descended from Masanari, a younger son of Konō Michitaka, daimyō from Mino province who had been a vassal of Oda Nobunaga and later Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Thunberg's trip from Dejima to Edo passed through Yamashiro, and his account reports that Masanobu was daimyō of Yodo .
In the Edo period, the Inaba were identified as one of the fudai or insider daimyō clans which were hereditary vassels or allies of the Tokugawa clan, in contrast with the tozama or outsider clans.
Inaba clan genealogy
In 1619, Masanari was granted the han of Itoigawa (25,000 koku) in Echigo Province; then, in 1627, his holding was transferred to Mōka Domain (65,000 koku) in Shimotsuke province. Masanari's descendants resided successively at Odawara Domain (105,000 koku) in Sagami province from 1632 through 1685; at Takata Domain in Echigo province from 1685 through 1701; at Sakura Domain in Shimōsa province from 1701 through 1723.
The head of this clan line was ennobled as a "Viscount" in the Meiji period.
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