Hirate Kiyohide

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  • Born: 1493
  • Died: 1553
  • Other name: Hirate Masahide
  • Title: Nakatsukasa

Kiyohide served three generations of the Oda family (Nobusada, Nobuhide, and Nobunaga). He was regarded as a man of culture and learning and during Nobunaga's time was concerned primarily with economic and diplomatic matters. Among other things, he arranged the marriage of Nobunaga to a daughter of Saitô Dosan in 1549. After admonishing Nobunaga many times for what he felt was unbecoming and unreasonable behavior, he committed suicide in 1553 as a final protest. In regret over Masahide's death, Nobunaga built a temple in the Hirate fief (in Owari's Kasugai District), which was nicknamed the 'Masahide-ji'.