Tachibana Dōsetsu

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Tachibana Dōsetsu
Tachibana Dosetsu.jpg
Tachibana family head
In office
Preceded by Tachibana Akitoshi
Succeeded by Tachibana Ginchiyo
Personal details
Born (1513-04-22)April 22, 1513
Yoroigaoka Castle, Bungo Province, Japan
Died November 2, 1585(1585-11-02) (aged 72)
Chikugo Province, Japan
Nationality Japanese

Tachibana Dōsetsu (立花 道雪, April 22, 1513 – November 2, 1585), born Betsugi Akitsura (戸次鑑連), also as Bekki Akitsura, and Bekki Dōsetsu,[1] was a Japanese samurai of the Sengoku period who served the Ōtomo clan. He was the father of Tachibana Ginchiyo and adopted father of Tachibana Muneshige.[2]


He led an attack on the Tachibana Clan at Tachibana Castle and took both their castle and clan name becoming Tachibana Dōsetsu. He was known as one of the wisest of the Ōtomo retainers and is remembered in part for a letter he sent other leading Ōtomo retainers that included a condemnation of the spread of Christianity in the Ōtomo's domain. He is known for fighting 37 battles while about half of his body was paralyzed. It was for this he was known as Oni Dōsetsu. He died while leading an attack on Neko'o Castle in 1585. Dōsetsu was in possession of a famous sword called Chidori (千鳥, A Thousand Birds). One day, while he was still a young man, he was taking shelter under a tree, as it was raining. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning struck him. However, Dōsetsu used his Chidori to cut the Thunder God inside the lightning bolt, allowing him to survive. After this incident, he renamed his Chidori to Raikiri (雷切, Lightning Cutter).[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Nishizu Hiromi (1998). Honō no gunsen Tachibana Dōsetsu 炎の軍扇立花道雪. (Tokyo: Sōbunsha).

In popular culture[edit]

Tachibana appears in the video game Samurai Warriors 2 Empires as a generic officer. Tachibana is mentioned in the description of the Raikiri, which is usable in the fantasy RPG Nioh

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1](in Japanese)
  2. ^ a b "Tachibana-shi" on Harimaya.com(in Japanese)
  3. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. Cassell & Co. p. 218. ISBN 1854095234. 
Preceded by
Tachibana Akitoshi
Tachibana family head
Succeeded by
Tachibana Ginchiyo