So Yoshitoshi

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Statue of Sô Yoshitoshi in the former buke yashiki (samurai households) district of Tsushima Fuchû (Izuhara).
Grave of Sô Yoshitoshi at Banshô-in temple on Tsushima
  • Born: 1568
  • Died: 1615
  • Titles: Tsushima no kami
  • Distinction: Lord of Tsushima
  • Other Names: 万松院殿 (Banshô-in dono)
  • Japanese: 宗 義智 (Sô Yoshitoshi)[1]

Yoshitoshi was the 19th head of the Sô clan and the first Edo period lord of Tsushima han. The fourth son of Sô Masamori, he was a son-in-law of Konishi Yukinaga and succeeded to become head of the Sô house in 1588. Yoshitoshi served in the Korean Invasions under Yukinaga and later sided with Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Sekigahara Campaign (1600), though he took no part in the fighting at Sekigahara.

Yoshitoshi later worked to restore normal relations with Korea. He eventually succeeded, with an official Korean embassy first arriving in 1607, and the Kiyû Treaty being concluded two years later. Following this, the Tokugawa shogunate affirmed the Sô clan's sole (monopoly) rights on Japanese diplomatic and trade relations with Korea.[2]

Upon his death in 1615, his son Sô Yoshinari became daimyô.

A statue of Yoshitoshi was erected on Tsushima in 2016, in connection with the 400th anniversary of his death, celebrating Yoshitoshi as a symbol of friendly relations between Japan and Korea.[2]

Preceded by:
Sô Yoshishige
Head of the Sô clan
Succeeded by:
Sô Yoshinari
Preceded by:
Lord of Tsushima han
Succeeded by:
Sô Yoshinari


  1. One sometimes sees the name given as "Yoshitomo."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Explanatory plaque on Sô Yoshitoshi statue, Izuhara, Tsushima.