Hōjō Ujiteru

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Hōjō Ujiteru (北条 氏照)(1540? – August 10, 1590) was a Japanese samurai, who was the son of Hōjō Ujiyasu and lord of Hachiōji Castle in what is now Tokyo.

Hōjō Ujiteru
Native name
北条 氏照
Born1540
Sagami Province, Japan
DiedAugust 10, 1590(1590-08-10) (aged 49–50)
Odawara Castle, Sagami Province, Japan
AllegianceMitsuuroko.svg Later Hōjō clan
Commands heldTakiyama Castle
Hachioji Castle
Battles/wars
RelationsHōjō Ujiyasu (father)
Hōjō Ujimasa (brother)
Hōjō Ujikuni (brother)
Hōjō Ujinori (brother)
Uesugi Kagetora (brother)

In 1568, Ujiteru defended Takiyama castle from Takeda Shingen. Later in 1569, Ujiteru and his brother Hojo Ujikuni commanded a major force at the Battle of Mimasetoge, where they unsuccessfully attempted to prevent Takeda Shingen from withdrawing to his home province of Kai after besieging the Hōjō's core castle at Odawara.

later in Siege of Odawara (1590) against Hideyoshi, Ujiteru left only 1,300 men behind at Hachiōji Castle when he went to help lift the Odawara castle, which had been surrounded by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Shortly thereafter, on June 23, 1590, more of Hideyoshi's forces, numbering 50,000 and led by Maeda Toshiie and Uesugi Kagekatsu, arrived to take the castle, which fell in just one day.[1] After the Hōjō were defeated in the Siege of Odawara, Ujiteru was forced to commit seppuku along with his brother Ujimasa.

The grave of Hojo Ujiteru exists in two places: one located in Odawara city and another located at the site of Hachioji castle.

Grave of Hojo Ujimasa and Ujiteru (A) in Odawara city
Hōjō Ujiteru's grave (B) near Hachioji castle

ReferencesEdit

  • Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. London: Cassell & Co.