Oda Nagamasu

Oda Nagamasu (織田 長益, 1548 – January 24, 1622) was a Japanese daimyō and a brother of Oda Nobunaga[1] who lived from the late Sengoku period through the early Edo period. Also known as Yūraku (有楽) or Urakusai (有楽斎), the Tokyo neighborhood Yūrakuchō is named for him. Nagamasu converted to Christianity in 1588 and took the baptismal name of John.

Oda Nagamasu
織田 長益
Oda Nagamasu.jpg
Oda Yūraku
Lord of Chita
In office
Personal details

Owari Province, Japan
DiedJanuary 24, 1621 (aged 72-73)
Kyoto, Yamashiro Province, Japan
ChildrenOda Nagamasa
Oda Hisanaga
RelativesOda Nobunaga (brother)
Military service
AllegianceMon-Oda.png Oda clan
Tokugawa family crest.svg Tokugawa clan
Toyotomi mon.png Toyotomi clan
Mitsubaaoi.svg Eastern Army
Tokugawa family crest.svg Tokugawa Shogunate
UnitMon-Oda.png Oda clan
CommandsŌkusa Castle
Battles/warsSiege of Iwamura
Siege of Shigisan
Siege of Itami
Siege of Takato
Honnō-ji Incident
Siege of Kanie
Battle of Sekigahara


Ōkusa Castle Site

His childhood name was Gengorō (源五郎) and he was the 11th son of Oda Nobuhide. In 1574, he received the Chita District in Owari and the construction of Ōkusa Castle. Later, he was commissioned to serve Oda Nobutada in the Siege of Iwamura (1575), Siege of Shigisan (1577), Siege of Itami (1579) and also Siege of Takato (1582).

Nagamasu was an accomplished practitioner of the Japanese tea ceremony, which he studied under the master, Sen no Rikyū. He eventually started his own school of the tea ceremony.

In June 1582, during the incident at Honnō-ji, he was one of the vassals of Nobutada in Nijō Castle, he was able to survive and fled to Gifu Castle.

In 1584, he then joined Oda Nobukatsu and collaborated with Tokugawa Ieyasu against Hideyoshi at the Komaki - Nagakute campaign and battled against Takigawa Kazumasu at the Siege of Kanie Castle. Later, he was one of the peacemakers between Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, also between Sassa Narimasa and Maeda Toshiie.

In 1600, he sided with Tokugawa Ieyasu and fought at the Battle of Sekigahara. He brought 450 soldiers to join Ieyasu and confronted Gamō Yorisato (Satoie).

In 1615, Nagamasu divided his fief between his sons Oda Nagamasa and Oda Hisanaga. Nagamasa founded the Kaijū-Shibamura Domain,[2] while Hisanaga became lord of the Yanagimoto Domain.[3]



  1. ^ Nihonshi yōgoshū B. (Tokyo: Yamakawa shuppansha, 2000), p. 129.
  2. ^ (in Japanese) "Shibamura-han" on Edo 300 HTML Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine (14 July 2008).
  3. ^ (in Japanese) "Yanagimoto-han" on Edo 300 HTML Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine (14 July 2008).

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