Horio Yoshiharu

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Horio served Toyotomi Hideyoshi from the early 1560's onward. He was involved in the capture of Inabayama castle from the Saito in 1567 and accompanied Hideyoshi to Ômi province when the latter received a fief there in 1574. Yoshiharu led a contingent of troops at the battle of Yamazaki in 1582 and was awarded Hamamatsu in 1590. He was nominally aligned with Tokugawa Ieyasu in the Sekigahara Campaign (1600) but took little or no part in the actual fighting. In the aftermath of the Tokugawa victory, he was given a 235,000-koku fief at Matsue in Izumo province. Yasuharu, a good-natured individual, was perhaps the only Sengoku Period general to receive the nickname Hotoke, or 'Buddha'. Son: Horio Tadauji (Izumo no kami; 1575-1604)