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Tachibana Ginchiyo (立花 誾千代?, September 23, 1569 – November 30, 1602) was head of the Japanese Tachibana clan during the Sengoku Period. She was the daughter of Tachibana Dōsetsu, a powerful retainer of the Ōtomo clan (which were rivals of the Shimazu clan at the time). Because Dosetsu had no sons, he requested that Ginchiyo be made family head after his death. She led the clan in a period of difficulty at only 6 years old. She trained all maidens to intimidate visitors. Ginchiyo married Tachibana Muneshige, who had been adopted into the family and continued Dōsetsu's family line after Ginchiyo.
In the Sekigahara campaign of Kyushu, she defended the Ōtomo clan from the invasion of Kanbei Kuroda and Kiyomasa Kato. After Sekigahara the Eastern Army began to march toward their doorstep. She faced alone them while wearing armor at the Siege of Yanagawa and protected the rearguard of Muneshige.
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