Maeda Toshitsune

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Toshitsune was the 4th son of Maeda Toshiie. He was adopted as heir by his elder brother Toshinaga and became daimyô of the Maeda clan when Toshinaga retired in 1605. He led men against the defenders of Osaka Castle and fought at the Battle of Tennôji (1615).

He was betrothed on 1601/9/30 to Tamahime, daughter of Tokugawa Hidetada.[1]

In 1616, Toshitsune met with a formal diplomatic mission from the Siamese kingdom of Ayutthaya, in his home domain of Kaga; due to the sudden death of Tokugawa Ieyasu at that time, however, the mission did not continue on to Edo.[2]

Toshitsune retired to Komatsu in 1639 and was succeeded by his son Mitsumasa while placing his second son Toshitsugu in Tôyama (100,000 koku), and his third son, Toshiharu, in charge of the recently created Daishôji han (70,000 koku).[3]


  1. Cecilia Segawa Seigle, “Tokugawa Tsunayoshi and the Formation of Edo Castle Rituals of Giving,” in Martha Chaiklin (ed.), Mediated by Gifts: Politics and Society in Japan 1350-1850, Brill (2017), 120.
  2. Cesare Polenghi, Samurai of Ayutthaya: Yamada Nagamasa, Japanese warrior and merchant in early seventeenth-century Siam. Bangkok: White Lotus Press (2009), 41.
  3. Stele at former site of Daishôji domain's Edo mansion, today the University of Tokyo School of Medicine.[1]