Hachisuka (clan)

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Coat of arms of the Hachisuka ( Hachisuka manji ).
Hachisuka residence in Edo (today Yurakuchō).

The Hachisuka ( Japanese 蜂 須 賀 氏 , Hachisuka-shi ) were a family of the Japanese sword nobility ( Buke ), which was derived from the Seiwa Genji via Shiba Takatsune († 1367). With an income of 258,000 Koku at times , the Hachisuka residing in Tokushima ( Tokushima Prefecture ) belonged to the great Tozama daimyo of the Edo period .


  • Masatoshi ( 正 利 ; 1504–1553)
  • Masakatsu ( 正 勝 ; 1525–1585), son of Masatoshi, successively served Saitō Toshimasa, Oda Nobunaga and finally Toyotomi Hideyoshi . This gave him the honorary title Shuri no daibu and provided him with an income of 10,000 koku. The seat was Tatsuno Castle in Harima Province .
  • Iemasa ( 家政 ; 1558-1638), a son of Masakatsu, took part in the expedition to Shikoku ordered by Hideyoshi and established himself in Tokushima ( Awa province ) in 1585 . He also took part in the Korean campaign , but refused to Toyotomi Hideyori to take part in the Battle of Sekigahara and left the Han to his son Yoshishige. Iemasa was a Christian.
  • Yoshishige ( 至 鎮 ; 1586-1620) took part in 1600 on the side of Tokugawa Ieyasu in the Battle of Sekigahara, whereupon he received the title " Awa no kami " and an income increased to 186,000 koku. After the successful siege of Osaka , he received the island of Awaji and an increased income of 258,000 koku.

The Hachisuka ruled Tokushima with the honorary title Awa no kami until the Meiji Restoration . The last daimyo was

  • Mochikaki ( 茂 韶 ; 1846–1918). He and his successors were then elevated to the rank of prince .


  1. Shuri no daibu ( 修理 大夫 ) denotes the ancient office of the "director for palace repairs "
  2. Indicated as 義 鎮 in Painot .

Individual evidence

  1. Furusawa, Tsunetoshi: Kamon daichō . Kin'ensha, n.d., ISBN 4-321-31720-7 , p. 168
  2. Excerpt from the district map "Kandabashi-nai Daimyō-kōji Uchi-sakurada" from approx. 1850.


  • Edmond Papinot: Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan. Reprint of the 1910 edition. Tuttle, 1972, ISBN 0-8048-0996-8 .
  • Saichiro Miyaji (Ed.): Tokushima-han. In: Bakumatsu shoshu saigo-no hanchu-tachi. Saikoku-hen. Jinbunsha, 1997, ISBN 978-4-7959-1905-1 .