Daidōji Shigetoki


Daidōji Clan


Musashi Province

Lifespan:  14xx to 15xx

Other Names:  Tarō (common), Hossen (Buddhist name)

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Daidōji (descended from the Taira clan)

Lord:  Hōjō Sōzui (Hōjō Sōun)

Children:  Morimasa

Daidōji Shigetoki served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He was a retainer of the Gohōjō clan.  He is known by his Buddhist name of Hossen.

Shigetoki was a cousin of Ise Sōzui  (Hōjō Sōun).  He was the father of Daidōji Morimasa.  Initially, he resided in Yamashiro Province but, later, accompanied Sōun to Suruga Province and became a member of the six clans serving as senior retainers of the Gohōjō comprised of the Daidōji, the Tame, the Araki, the Yamanaka, the Arakawa, and the Satake clans.  Later, he served in the campaign by Sōzui to pacify Izu Province and engaged in political affairs in Izu.

Shigetoki was said to have been killed in action at the Battle of Tachikawa-no-hara in Musashi Province in 1504.  In 1496, however, Sōzui, upon request of Ōmori Fujiyori, dispatched his younger brother, Ise Yajirō, to Odawara Castle to fight against Uesugi Akisada, the deputy shōgun of Kantō, and incurred many casualties among his forces.  Shigetoki may have been killed during this battle or either when Sōzui captured Odawara Castle or, in 1510, during an assault by Miura Yoshiatsu (a daimyō from eastern Sagami) against Odawara Castle.  Consequently, the year of his death is uncertain.