Maeda Family in Kaga
Maeda Family was a feudal lord or a daimyo
ruling Kaga (Fukui prefecture), Noto (Ishikawa prefecture) and Ecchu Province
(Toyama prefecture) in Edo Period
. The Maeda Family had been the largest daimyo for 265 years of Edo Period.
Some say Maeda Family is a descendant of Sugawara Family, others say it
belongs to Taira Family
and some others says it belongs to Minamoto Family
. It means there are no specific information about the family tree of the
family. The family name of Maeda comes from Maeda in Mino province.
Maeda Family was a local ruler controlling a small part in Owari province
(the eastern part of Aichi prefecture) in the middle of Muromachi period
. In Sengoku Period
, the family belonged to Oda Clan
and Toshiie Maeda served Nobunaga Oda
and Hideyoshi Toyotomi
. He promoted under them and
he moved Kanazawa in Noto and build his castle in Kanazawa (Kanazawajo
Castle). Toshiie built the foundation of the family.
Later, Tsunanori Maeda worked hard to reform the laws of the agriculture in his lands.
Moreover, Maeda Family built the five-story pagodas in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple
and Ikegami Honmonji Temple.
The Masters of Maeda Family in Kaga
- 1. Toshiie (The Founder of Kaga Maeda Family)
- 2. Toshinaga
- 3. Toshitsune (Toshimitsu)
- 4. Mitsutaka
- 5. Tsunanori
- 6. Yoshinori
- 7. Munetoki
- 8. Shigehiro
- 9. Shigeyasu
- 10. Shigenori
- 11. Harunaga
- 12. Narihiro
- 13. Nariyasu
- 14. Yoshiyasu
Toshitsune Maeda / Toshimitsu Maeda (1593 or 1594 ‐ 1658)
Toshimitsu Maeda was a master of the lord or a dimyo in Kaga province
in early Edo period
. He was a son of Toshiie Maeda, the founder of the Maeda family, and he
succeeded the third master of the clan after his elder brother, Toshinaga.
Toshimitsu changed his name Toshitsune. His wife was a daughter of Hidetada
Tokugawa, the 2nd Shogun of Edo Bakufu.
He worked on the promotion of industry. Kaisakuho (the reformation laws of the agriculture) was one of his famous works.
Toshimitsu supported Koshitsu Honami to build the five-story pagoda
in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple