Kuroda Nagamasa

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

Kuroda Nagamasa
黒田長政
Kuroda Nagamasa.jpg
Daimyō of Fukuoka
In office
1601–1623
Preceded bynone
Succeeded byKuroda Tadayuki
Personal details
BornDecember 3, 1568
Himeji, Harima Province, Japan
DiedAugust 29, 1623 (aged 56)
NationalityJapanese
Spouse(s)Itohime (Hachisuka Masakatsu's daughter) (original legal wife, later divorced)
Eihime/Dairyo-in (Hoshina Masanao's daughter, Tokugawa Ieyasu's adopted daughter) (second legal wife)
Military service
AllegianceGoshichi no kiri inverted.svg Toyotomi clan
Mitsubaaoi.svg Eastern Army
Tokugawa family crest.svg Tokugawa shogunate
RankDaimyo
UnitKuroda Fuji (No background and Black color drawing).svg Kuroda clan
Battles/warsKorean campaign
Battle of Sekigahara
Siege of Osaka

BiographyEdit

His child-hood name was Shojumaru (松寿丸). 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. With the help of Yamauchi Kazutoyo and his wife, 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 Chūgoku region.

Nagamasa also participated in the Hideyoshi's Korean campaign,[2] He commanding the Third Division of 5000 men during the first invasion (1592–1593).[3] In the second part of the campaign (1597-1598) he held command in The Army of the Right.[3]

He was one of some daimyo who have bad terms with Ishida Mitsunari. Later, in 1600 he took part in the Battle of Sekigahara on Tokugawa Ieyasu side.[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 in 1614-1615, he participated in the Osaka Castle campaigns.[2]

FamilyEdit

  • Father: Kuroda Yoshitaka
  • Mother: Kushihashi Teru (1553–1627)
  • Wives:
    • Itohime (1571-1645)
    • Eihime (1585-1635)
  • Concubine: Choshu’in
  • Children:
    • Kikuhime married Inoue Yukifusa's son by Itohime
    • Kuroda Tadayuki (1602-1654) by Eihime
    • Tokuko married Sakakibara Tadatsugu by Eihime
    • Kameko married Ikeda Teruoki by Eihime
    • Kuroda Nagaoki (1610-1665) by Eihime
    • Kuroda Masafuyu by Choshu’in
    • Kuroda Takamasa (1612-1639) by Eihime

In popular cultureEdit

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
none
Daimyō of Fukuoka
1601–1623
Succeeded by
Kuroda Tadayuki

NotesEdit

  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.

ReferencesEdit