Kuroda Nagamasa

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Kuroda Nagamasa
黒田長政
Kuroda Nagamasa.jpg
Daimyō of Fukuoka
In office
1601–1623
Preceded by none
Succeeded by Kuroda Tadayuki
Personal details
Born December 3, 1568
Himeji, Harima Province, Japan
Died August 29, 1623 (aged 56)
Nationality Japanese
Spouse(s) Itohime (Hachisuka Masakatsu's daughter) (original legal wife, later divorced)
Eihime/Dairyo-in (Hoshina Masanao's daughter, Tokugawa Ieyasu's adopted daughter) (second legal wife)
Kuroda Nagamasa's Kabuto

Kuroda Nagamasa (黒田 長政, December 3, 1568 – August 29, 1623) was a daimyō during the late Azuchi–Momoyama and early Edo periods.[1] He was the son of Kuroda Kanbei,[2] Toyotomi Hideyoshi's chief strategist and adviser.

His child-hood name was Shojumaru (松寿丸). In 1577, when Nagamasa was a small child, his father was tried and sentenced as a spy by Oda Nobunaga. Nagamasa was kidnapped and nearly killed as a hostage. With the help of Yamauchi Kazutoyo and his wife, Takenaka Hanbei ended up rescuing him. After Oda Nobunaga was killed in Honnō-ji incident of 1582, Nagamasa served Toyotomi Hideyoshi with his father and participated in the invasion of the Chūgoku region.

Nagamasa also participated in the first Korean campaign (1592–93),[2] commanding the Third Division of 5000 men during the first invasion 1592–1593.[3] In the second part of the campaign (1597) he held command in The Army of the Right.[3] He took part in the Battle of Sekigahara in the year 1600 serving under Tokugawa Ieyasu.[2] His men killed Shima Sakon, securing victory for the Eastern army. As a reward for his service at Sekigahara, Tokugawa granted Nagamasa Chikuzen [2] – 520.000 koku – in exchange for his previous fief Nakatsu, Buzen. Later he participated in the Osaka Castle campaigns.[2]

Family[edit]

  • Father: Kuroda Yoshitaka
  • Mother: Kushiwashi Teru (1553–1627)
  • Wives:
    • Itohime (1571-1645)
    • Eihime (1585-1635)
  • Concubine: Choshu’in
  • Children:
    • Kikuhime married Inoue Yukifusa’s son by Itohime
    • Kuroda Tadayuki (1602-1654) by Eihime
    • Tokuko married Sakakibara Tadatsugu by Eihime
    • Kameko married Ikeda Teruoki by Eihime
    • Kuroda Nagaoki (1610-1665) by Eihime
    • Kuroda Masafuyu by Choshu’in
    • Kuroda Takamasa (1612-1639) by Eihime

In popular culture[edit]

Nagamasa is a playable character from the Eastern Army in the original Kessen.

Kuroda is also a popular historical figure. His life, and his relationship to Tokugawa, has been dramatized many times in the annual NHK Taiga Drama series.

Preceded by
none
Daimyō of Fukuoka
1601–1623
Succeeded by
Kuroda Tadayuki

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 福岡藩 (in Japanese). 1998. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Turnbull 2000, p. 53.
  3. ^ a b Turnbull 2002, p. 240.

References[edit]

  • Turnbull, Stephen (2000). The Samurai Sourcebook. ISBN 1854095234.
  • Turnbull, Stephen (2002). Samurai Invasion : Japan's Korean War 1592–1598. ISBN 9780304359486.