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* ''Born: [[1514]]''
 
* ''Born: [[1514]]''
* ''Died: [[1532]]''
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* ''Died: [[1562]]''
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The grandson and heir to the legendary [[Amako Tsunehisa|Tsunehisa]] ([[1458]]-[[1541]], perhaps one of the greater warlords of the early 16th century), Akihisa, who would later be known as Haruhisa, had quite a pair of shoes to fill. His early campaigns were not so terribly auspicious. In [[1540]], Akihisa led some 20,000 men into [[Aki province|Aki]] with the intent of reducing [[Mori Motonari|Môri Motonari's]] [[Koriyama castle|Koriyama Castle]]. Motonari avoided an open battle and withdrew with Koriyama's walls, resisting an initial [[Amako clan|Amako]] attempt to storm the place. Akihisa then contented himself with burning Yoshida - Koriyama's town - and settling down for a siege. Motonari harassed the Amako with a number of sallies, and in October [[Ouchi clan|Ôuchi]] general [[Sue Takafusa]] (Harukata) arrived with a relief force. Akihisa was forced to retreat and his noted general [[Uyama Hisakane]] was killed defending the rearguard. In [[1542]] the Ôuchi themselves invaded [[Izumo province|Izumo]] but were unable to take Gassan-Toda, retreating in disarray.  
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The grandson and heir to the legendary [[Amako Tsunehisa|Tsunehisa]] ([[1458]]-[[1541]], perhaps one of the greater warlords of the early 16th century), Akihisa, who would later be known as Haruhisa, had quite a pair of shoes to fill. His early campaigns were not so terribly auspicious. In [[1540]], Akihisa led some 20,000 men into [[Aki province|Aki]] with the intent of reducing [[Mori Motonari|Môri Motonari's]] [[Koriyama castle]]. Motonari avoided an open battle and withdrew with Koriyama's walls, resisting an initial [[Amako clan|Amako]] attempt to storm the place. Akihisa then contented himself with burning Yoshida - Koriyama's town - and settling down for a siege. Motonari harassed the Amako with a number of sallies, and in October [[Ouchi clan|Ôuchi]] general [[Sue Takafusa]] (Harukata) arrived with a relief force. Akihisa was forced to retreat and his noted general [[Uyama Hisakane]] was killed defending the rearguard. In [[1542]] the Ôuchi themselves invaded [[Izumo province|Izumo]] but were unable to take Gassan-Toda, retreating in disarray.  
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According to legend, this defeat was helped by schemes engineered by Tsunehisa, who died soon after wards. Sometime later ([[1545]]), for reasons lost to history, Akihisa further weakened his family's once powerful position by ordering the death of his uncle, Kunihisa, the leader of a renowned contingent known as the [[Shingu clan|Shingu]] army. Nonetheless, the overthrow of [[Ouchi Yoshitaka|Ôuchi Yoshitaka by Sue Harukata in [[1551]] gave Akihisa a window of opportunity in which to reclaim much lost ground, including a campaign that saw many castles in Mimasaka and Harima taken. Yet by the time Akihisa died, the Amako were hard pressed by the now-formidable [[Mori clan|Môri clan]], who finally took Gassan-Toda in early [[1566]]. Akihisa's successor, [[Amako Yoshihisa|Yoshihisa]] ([[1536]]-[[1610]]), surrendered and was spared, retiring to Aki to assume the life of a monk.  
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According to legend, this defeat was helped by schemes engineered by Tsunehisa, who died soon after wards. Sometime later ([[1545]]), for reasons lost to history, Akihisa further weakened his family's once powerful position by ordering the death of his uncle, Kunihisa, the leader of a renowned contingent known as the [[Shingu clan|Shingu]] army. Nonetheless, the overthrow of [[Ouchi Yoshitaka|Ôuchi Yoshitaka]] by Sue Harukata in [[1551]] gave Akihisa a window of opportunity in which to reclaim much lost ground, including a campaign that saw many castles in Mimasaka and Harima taken. Yet by the time Akihisa died, the Amako were hard pressed by the now-formidable [[Mori clan|Môri clan]], who finally took Gassan-Toda in early [[1566]]. Akihisa's successor, [[Amako Yoshihisa|Yoshihisa]] ([[1536]]-[[1610]]), surrendered and was spared, retiring to Aki to assume the life of a monk.  
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In an interesting postscript, an Amako family member, Katsuhisa, approached [[Oda Nobunaga]] some ten years later and requested that their former lands be restored to them. When Nobunaga went to war with the Môri, he grudgingly accepted help from Katsuhisa and the legendary Amako retainer, [[Yamanaka Shikanosuke]] ([[1544]]-[[1578]]). Unfortunatly, the Môri bottled the two up at [[Kozuki castle|Kozuki Castle]] in [[Harima province]] and here the Amako clan played its final act. Katsuhisa committed suicide and Yamanaka was captured, to be murdered soon afterwards.  
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In an interesting postscript, an Amako family member, Katsuhisa, approached [[Oda Nobunaga]] some ten years later and requested that their former lands be restored to them. When Nobunaga went to war with the Môri, he grudgingly accepted help from Katsuhisa and the legendary Amako retainer, [[Yamanaka Shikanosuke]] ([[1544]]-[[1578]]). Unfortunatly, the Môri bottled the two up at [[Kozuki castle]] in [[Harima province]] and here the Amako clan played its final act. Katsuhisa committed suicide and Yamanaka was captured, to be murdered soon afterwards.  
    
At their height, the Amako was one of the most highly reputed clans of western Japan. Supported by the [[Kamai clan|Kamai]], [[Uyama clan|Uyama]], [[Sase clan|Sase]], [[Ushio clan|Ushio]], and the [[Moriyama clan|Moriyama]] (among others), the Amako clan could field an army of over 20,000 men. By 1560, the Amako had been weakened by defections and poor leadership, and could call on perhaps less then 10,000.  
 
At their height, the Amako was one of the most highly reputed clans of western Japan. Supported by the [[Kamai clan|Kamai]], [[Uyama clan|Uyama]], [[Sase clan|Sase]], [[Ushio clan|Ushio]], and the [[Moriyama clan|Moriyama]] (among others), the Amako clan could field an army of over 20,000 men. By 1560, the Amako had been weakened by defections and poor leadership, and could call on perhaps less then 10,000.  
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==References==
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* Initial text from [http://www.samurai-archives.com Samurai-Archives.com] FWSeal & CEWest, 2005
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