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Tōdō Takatora
Takatora-nobuambitsouzousr
First Lord of Imabari
In office

1600–1608

Preceded by none
Succeeded by Matsudaira Sadafusa
First Lord of Tsu
In office

1608–1630

Preceded by none
Succeeded by Tōdō Takatsugu
Personal details
Born February 16, 1556

Tōdō VillageŌmi Province,Japan

Died November 9, 1630 (aged 74)

EdoJapan

Nationality Japanese

Tōdō Takatora (藤堂 高虎?, February 16, 1556 – November 9, 1630) was a Japanesedaimyo of the Azuchi–Momoyama period through Edo period. He rose from relatively humble origins as an ashigaru (a foot soldier) to become a daimyo. During his lifetime he changed his feudal master seven times and worked for ten people, but in the end he rendered loyalty to Tokugawa Ieyasu, who became his last master.[1][2]

At the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, although he was one of Toyotomi's main generals, he sided with Tokugawa Ieyasu. After the war he was given a larger fiefdom, Iyo-Imabari, assessed at 200,000 koku. Later in life he was made lord of Tsu (with landholdings in Iga and Ise), a domain of 320,000 koku.Todo Takatora was promoted rapidly underHashiba Hidenaga, the younger brother ofToyotomi Hideyoshi, and he participated in theinvasions of Korea as a commander of Toyotomi's fleet. His fiefdom at that time wasIyo-Uwajima. During the Edo period, the wealth of each fiefdom was measured as a volume of rice production in koku. Iyo-Uwajima was assessed at 70,000 koku.[1][2]

After the death of Akai Naomasa, some members of the Akai clan became retainers to the Tōdō house.[3]

Todo Takatora is also famous for excellence in castle design. He is said to have been involved in building as many as twenty castles.[1][2]

External links[edit]Edit

  • Momoyama, Japanese Art in the Age of Grandeur, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Tōdō Takatora
Preceded by

none

First Lord of Imabari

1600–1608

Succeeded by

Matsudaira Sadafusa

Preceded by

Tomita Nobutaka

First Lord of Tsu

1608–1630

Succeeded by

Tōdō Takatsugu

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