Tokushima Domain

The Tokushima Domain (徳島藩, Tokushima-han) was a Japanese domain of the Edo period. It was associated with Awa Province in modern-day Tokushima Prefecture on the island of Shikoku; and it was associated with Awaji Province in modern-day Hyōgo Prefecture.

Tokushima Domain
Domain of Japan
CapitalTokushima Castle
 • TypeDaimyō
Historical eraEdo period
• Established
• Disestablished
Today part ofTokushima Prefecture
Hyogo Prefecture
Statue of Hachisuka Iemasa, Tokushima

In the han system, Tokushima was a political and economic abstraction based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[1] In other words, the domain was defined in terms of kokudaka, not land area.[2] This was different from the feudalism of the West.


Ruled by the Hachisuka family, it was rated at an income of 256,000 koku. Uncharacteristically for most domains of the Edo period, the Hachisuka were in control of Tokushima before the start of the period and remained in possession of it through the period's end.

In the early Meiji era, there was a major source of conflict within the domain, as the retainers of Inada Kurobei, Lord Hachisuka's senior councilor and warden of Sumoto Castle, demanded independence for their lord and his establishment as a daimyō. With Inada's income already over 10,000 koku, this was technically possible; however, it was refused, and met with violent opposition from Tokushima. After the "revolt" was put down, the entire Inada clan and its retainers were exiled to the far northern tip of Hokkaido. Their experiences are fictionalized in the recent film Kita no Zeronen ("Year One in the North").

List of daimyōsEdit

The hereditary daimyōs were head of the clan and head of the domain. At Tokushima, the Tokugawa shōguns granted 2258,000 koku to the Hachisuka clan from the early 1600s to 1868.[3]

  1. Yoshishige
  2. Tadateru
  3. Mitsutaka
  4. Tsunamichi
  5. Tsunanori
  6. Munekazu
  7. Muneteru
  8. Muneshige
  9. Yoshihiro
  10. Shigeyoshi
  11. Haruaki
  12. Narimasa
  13. Narihiro
  14. Mochiaki

Genealogy (simplified)Edit

  •   TOKUGAWA IEYASU, 1st Tokugawa shōgun (1543–1616)
    • Matsudaira Nobuyasu (1559–1579), m. Tokuhime (1559–1636)
      • Toku (1576–1607), m. Ogasawara Hidemasa, 1st daimyō of Matsumoto (1569–1615)
        • Kyōdaiin (1592–1666), m. I. Hachisuka Yoshishige, 1st daimyō of Tokushima (cr. 1601) (1586–1620; r. 1601–1620)
          •   II. Tadateru, 2nd daimyō of Tokushima (1611–1652; r. 1620–1652)
            •   III. Mitsutaka, 3rd daimyō of Tokushima (1630–1666; r. 1652–1666)
              •   IV. Tsunamichi, 4th daimyō of Tokushima (1656–1678; r. 1666–1678)
            • Takamori (1642–1695)
              •   V. Tsunanori, 5th daimyō of Tokushima (1661–1730; r. 1678–1728)
                •   VI. Munekazu, 6th daimyō of Tokushima (1709–1735; r. 1728–1735)
                • Yoshitake (1692–1725)
                  • A daughter (d. 1742), m.   VIII. Muneshige, 8th daimyō of Tokushima (see below)
            • Takayoshi (1643–1698)
              •   VII. Muneteru, 7th daimyō of Tokushima (1684–1743; r. 1735–1739). The direct line of the Hachisuka family became extinct with the death of the 7th lord in 1743; he adopted a distant cousin from the Matsudaira-Tokugawa family to continue the line:
    • Tokugawa Yorinobu, 1st Lord of Kishu (1602–1671)
      • Tokugawa Mitsusada, 2nd Lord of Kishu (1627–1705)
        •   Tokugawa Yoshimune, 8th Tokugawa shōgun (1684–1751)
          • Tokugawa Munetada, 1st Hitotsubashi-Tokugawa family head (1721–1765)
            • Tokugawa Harusada, 2nd Hitotsubashi-Tokugawa family head (1751–1827)
              •   Tokugawa Ienari, 11th Tokugawa shōgun (1773–1841)
                •   XIII. Hachisuka (Tokugawa) Narihiro, 13th daimyō of Tokushima (1821–1868; r. 1843–1868), m. Takatsukasa Shinako (1820–1858 – see below)
                  •   XIV. Mochiaki, 14th daimyō of Tokushima, 1st Marquess (1846–1918; Lord: 1868; Governor of Tokushima: 1869–1871; family head: 1869–1918; Marquess: 1884)
                    • Masaaki, 2nd Marquess (1871–1932; 2nd Marquess and family head: 1918–1932)
                      • Masauji, 3rd Marquess (1903–1953; 3rd Marquess and family head: 1932–1947; family head: 1932–1953)
                        • Masako (b. 1941; family head 1953–present)
    • Tokugawa Yorifusa, 1st daimyō of Mito (1603–1661)
      • Matsudaira Yorishige, 1st daimyō of Takamatsu (1622–1695)
        • Matsudaira Yoriyoshi (1667–1706)
          • Matsudaira Yorihiro, Head of the Matsudaira-Daizen line (1700–1737)
            •   VIII. (Matsudaira) Hachisuka Muneshige, 8th daimyō of Tokushima (1721–1780; r. 1739–1754). Adopted by the 7th Lord.
            •   IX. (Matsudaira) Hachisuka Yoshihiro, 9th daimyō of Tokushima (1737–1754; r. 1754). He adopted the 10th Lord:
            •   X. (Satake) Hachisuka Shigeyoshi, 10th daimyō of Tokushima (1738–1801; r. 1754–1769). Son of Satake Yoshimichi, 2nd Lord of Iwasaki. He had issue:
              •   XI. Haruaki, 11th daimyō of Tokushima (1758–1814; r. 1769–1813)
                •   XII. Narimasa, 12th daimyō of Tokushima (1795–1859; r. 1813–1843)
              • Hachisuka Noriko (1771–1795), m. Takatsukasa Masahiro (1761–1841)
                • Takatsukasa Masamichi (1789–1868)
                  • Takatsukasa Shinako (1820–1858), m. XIII. Hachisuka (Tokugawa) Narihiro, 13th daimyō of Tokushima - see above


See alsoEdit


Map of Japan, 1789 – the Han system affected cartography
  1. ^ Mass, Jeffrey P. and William B. Hauser. (1987). The Bakufu in Japanese History, p. 150.
  2. ^ Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (1987). Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, p. 18.
  3. ^ Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). "Hachisuka" at Nobiliare du Japon, p. 7; retrieved 2013-4-4.
  4. ^ Genealogy (jp)

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