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Sengoku Noble Survival Boarding Strategy - Ouchi, Imagawa, etc.

In a separate article, I wrote about the court nobles who settled in their own manors and became feudal lords during the Sengoku period, but there were many court nobles who fled to the countryside relying on powerful feudal lords. Each court noble had a family rank, and the highest level of government office each could hold was determined in principle. The first layer was the Sekkan family, who were appointed as regents and Kanpaku, and the next layer was the Seiga family, who could rise to the rank of Grand Minister.


During the Muromachi and Sengoku periods, even as the social order gradually deteriorated, there were quite a few powerful local feudal lords who admired Kyoto culture and desired official titles as a means of gaining authority. You can say that it is Ouchi of Suo. In particular, it is well known that in Yamaguchi, where Yoshitaka Ouchi lived, Kyoto culture flourished, with many nobles such as Tadafusa Nijo from the Sekkan family and Kinyori Sanjo from the Seiga family living there. However, after evacuating from the war-torn capital, they were caught up in a rebellion by Harukata Sue (Daineiji Rebellion) and were killed.

Tadafusa Nijo, who had experience as the head of the Fujiwara clan and Kanpaku, was invited to Yamaguchi with his second son Yoshitoyo and stayed there for about six years when he encountered an incident. Since he had already handed over the headship of the family to his eldest son, Harutoyo, the Nijo family continued to carry on the family name in Kyoto.

Kinyori Sanjo's timing was bad, and he went to Yamaguchi a month before the Taineiji Rebellion and was killed. His daughter is famous as Shingen Takeda's legal wife Sanjo-nokata, but because he had no son, the Sanjo family became extinct for a time. After that, an heir emerged from the branch family, the Sanjo Nishi family, and the Sanjo family reached the end of the Edo period, with Sanetomi Sanjo playing an active role.


Tamekazu Reizei also went to various parts of Japan (Suruga, Noto, Omi, Sagami and Kai). He seems to have been under the protection of the Imagawa clan in Suruga, where he had a family estate, and the Reizei family was an authority on waka poetry, and he was also in a position to lead the poetry circles of the Takeda and Gohojo families and retainers.


Tokitsugu Yamashina is an example of a person with supernatural powers. He was a typical multi-player, and excelled not only in his family's business, sho, and pharmaceuticals, but also in waka and kemari. He was also good at parties, and I think he would have become an excellent trading company man by now. In order to rebuild the imperial court's finances, which were under strain, he worked hard to collect donations from powerful feudal lords and boasted of a wide variety of connections. He taught waka poetry and kemari to the Nobuhide Oda family, and after Nobunaga Oda went to Kyoto, he also played an active role as a negotiator between Nobunaga and the Imperial Court. Although the Yamashina family was a branch of the Uona line and a subsidiary branch of the Fujiwara Kita family, he was the first Yamashina family to be promoted to Gon no Dainagon. During the era of Emperor Go-Nara and Emperor Ogimachi, the imperial court was poor and lacked the funds to enthronement and change the era, but it may be said that thanks to Tokitsugu, they were able to survive to a world of peace.



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