Yoshida Takayori


Tosa-Yoshida Clan


Tosa Province

Lifespan:  Meiō 3 (1494) to Eiroku 6 (1563)

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Governor of Bitchū

Clan:  Yoshida

Lord:  Chōsokabe Kunichika → Chōsokabe Motochika

Father:  Yoshida Norihiro

Siblings:  Takayori, Shigetoshi

Wife:  Daughter of Chōsokabe Kanetsugu

Children:  Sadashige, Chikashige

Yoshida Takayori served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He was a retainer of the Chōsokabe clan.

The Tosa-Yoshida clan, kokujin, or provincial landowners, in Tosa Province were a branch of the Yamanouchi-Sudō descended from Yamanouchi-Sudō Toshimichi of the Fujiwara-Hokke.  Their presence in Tosa began when Toshimichi’s son, Yamanouchi-Sudō Toshimune, served Ashikaga Takauji and, owing to his contributions, received landholdings in the province.

In 1518, after Chōsokabe Kunichika made a comeback at Okō Castle, Takayori received Kunichika’s younger sister as his wife and served Kunichika.  Takayori was very resourceful, contributing to the rapid rise to prominence of the Chōsokabe clan.

In 1526, Kunichika initially promised to have his daughter wed Kōsokabe Hideyoshi, but scrapped this plan and had her wed Motoyama Shigetoki instead.  Kunichika’s breach of his promise enraged Hideyoshi who then raised arms for the purpose of subduing Kunichika.  Takayori, however, entered the priesthood and apologized so the Kōsokabe clan directed their army toward the Motoyama clan. Takayori may have been aiming to weaken the Kōsokabe and Motoyama clans by fostering conflict between them.

Takayori is attributed with conceiving the ichiryō-gusoku system of the Chōsokabe by which individuals split their time between farming and military service.

In the ninth month of 1560, upon orders of Motochika, Takayori attacked Inokuchi Kageyu, the lord of Inokuchi Castle in the Tosa District.  Thereafter, he continued to serve as a veteran for the Chōsokabe clan but died of illness in 1563.