Hojo Ujinori

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  • Birth: 1545?
  • Death: 1600
  • Title: Mino no kami
  • Distinction: Hôjô retainer

Ujinori was the 4th son of Hôjô Ujiyasu, though his date of birth is uncertain. As a child, Ujinori was sent as a hostage to Imagawa Yoshimoto's capital, Sumpu (Suruga province), where he met Tokugawa Ieyasu, a fellow hostage. He later returned to the Hôjô and was established at Nirayama castle, the Hôjô's chief castle in Izu province. Prior to the 1590 siege of Odawara castle, Ujinori traveled to Kyoto to act as an intermediary between Hôjô Ujimasa and Hôjô Ujinao and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Although negotiations failed, he distinguished himself by his noble bearing and intelligence. During the actual siege (May-July 1590) Ujinori continued to act as a negotiator, and when Odawara surrendered he was given a piece of land worth some 10,000 koku in Kawachi province. Son: Ujimori