Kuroda Nagamasa

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Kuroda Nagamasa
Kuroda Nagamasa.jpg
Lord of Fukuoka
In office
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
Religion Roman Catholicism
Kuroda Nagamasa's Kabuto

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

His child-hood name was Shojumaru and when he became hostage of Oda Nobunaga he was entrusted to Yamauchi Kazutoyo.

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. 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 Chugoku 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]

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
Lord of Fukuoka
Succeeded by
Kuroda Tadayuki


  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.


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