Higuchi Masakane


Higuchi Clan


Hōki Province

Lifespan:  Unknown to Genna 5 (1619)

Other Names:  Jirō, Hikoemon, Masatake

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Governor of Awaji (Awaji-no-kami)

Clan:  Higuchi

Lord:  Toyotomi Hideyoshi → Toyotomi Hideyori

Higuchi Masakane served as a bushō from the Sengoku to early Edo periods.

Masakane originated from Hōki Province and is surmised to have served in the army of Hashiba Hideyoshi during the Invasion of Chūgoku.

In 157, during the Siege of Miki, he is attributed with killing Bessho Harusada on Mount Hirai during a failed attempt by the Bessho forces to secure the provisioning of Miki Castle.

At the Battle of Sekigahara, he joined the Western Army so, after their defeat, became a rōnin, or wandering samurai.

In 1614, during the Battle of Kizugawaguchi in the opening stages of the Winter Campaign of the Siege of Ōsaka, he intercepted the navy of Hachisuka Yoshishige. 

In 1615, after the fall of Ōsaka Castle in the Summer Campaign of the Siege of Ōsaka, he turned for support to Horio Tadaharu.

Masakane died in 1619.