Inaba clan

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Inaba.
Inaba crest1.svg
Inaba clan crest
Home province Mino
Parent house Fujiwara clan via the Utsunomiya clan
Titles daimyō, viscount
Founder Emperor Kanmu via Kōno Michitaka
Final ruler Inaba Masakuni
Founding year 14th century
Dissolution still extant
Ruled until 1873 (Abolition of the han system)
Cadet branches two cadet branches to the Meiji Restoration

The Inaba clan (稻葉氏 Inaba-shi?) were a samurai kin group which rose to prominence in the Sengoku period and the Edo periods.[1] Under the Tokugawa shogunate, the Inaba, as hereditary vassels of the Tokugawa clan, were classified as one of the fudai daimyō clans.[2]

Inaba clan genealogy[edit]

The Inaba clan originated in 16th century Mino Province,[3] and claimed descent from Kōno Michitaka (died 1374),[4] who claimed descent from Emperor Kanmu (736–805).[5]

Main branch[edit]

The senior branch of the Inaba are descended from Inaba Sadamichi (1551–1606),[4] who was raised in rank by Oda Nobunaga in 1564.[3] He was established in 1585 at Hachiman Domain (40,000 koku) in Mino Province.[4] In 1600, he and his heirs were installed at Usuki Domain (56,000 koku) in Bungo Province, and his descendants remained in the same place until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.[3] The head of this clan line was ennobled as a viscount (hakushaku) under the kazoku peerage in the Meiji period.[4]

Cadet lines[edit]

Clan temple[edit]

Tōzen-ji, a Buddhist temple in Edo, was considered the family temple of various clans, including the main branch of the Inaba clan.[6]

Notable members[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Meyer, Eva-Maria. "Gouverneure von Kyôto in der Edo-Zeit". Universität Tübingen (in German)
  2. ^ Appert, Georges. (1888). Ancien Japon, p. 75
  3. ^ a b c d e f Appert, Georges. (1888). Ancien Japon, p. 67.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Papinot, Edmond. (2003). Nobiliare du Japon -- Inaba, p. 15; Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon. (in French/German).
  5. ^ "Inaba" at citing Hank, Patrick, ed. (2003). Dictionary of American Family Names.
  6. ^ Cortazzi, Hugh. (2000). Collected Writings of Sir Hugh Cortazzi, Vol. II, pp. 210-211.


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