Matsushiro Domain

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Part of the Matsushiro domain's Edo estate, relocated to Kamakura and used as a hall at Ryuko-ji Temple

The Matsushiro Domain (松代藩 Matsushiro-han?) was a Japanese domain of the Edo period. It was associated with Shinano Province in modern-day Nagano Prefecture.[1]

In the han system, Matsushiro was a political and economic abstraction based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[2] In other words, the domain was defined in terms of kokudaka, not land area.[3] This was different from the feudalism of the West.


For most of its history, the domain was controlled by the Sanada clan.

List of Daimyo[edit]

The hereditary daimyo were head of the clan and head of the domain.

  1. Mori Tadamasa[4]
  1. Tadateru
  1. Tadamasa[5]
  1. Tadakatsu
  1. Nobuyuki[7]
  2. Nobumasa
  3. Yukimichi
  4. Nobuhiro
  5. Nobuyasu
  6. Yukihiro
  7. Yukitaka
  8. Yukitsura
  9. Yukinori
  10. Yukitami

See also[edit]


Map of Japan, 1789 -- the Han system affected cartography
  1. ^ a b c "Shinano Province" at; retrieved 2013-6-24.
  2. ^ Mass, Jeffrey P. and William B. Hauser. (1987). The Bakufu in Japanese History, p. 150.
  3. ^ Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (1987). Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, p. 18.
  4. ^ a b Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). "Minagawa" at Nobiliare du Japon, p. 36; retrieved 2013-6-24.
  5. ^ Papinot, (2003). "Matsudaira (Echizen-ke)" at Nobiliare du Japon, p. 30; retrieved 2013-6-24.
  6. ^ Papinot, (2003). "Sakai" at Nobiliare du Japon, p. 50; retrieved 2013-6-24.
  7. ^ a b Papinot, (2003). "Sanada)" at Nobiliare du Japon, p. 52; retrieved 2013-6-24.

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