Itō Suketake


Itō Clan


Hyūga Province

Lifespan:  Unknown to Tenbun 2 (1533)

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Musashi-no-kami, or Governor of Musashi (informal)

Clan:  Itō

Lord:  Itō Sukemitsu

Father:  Itō Sukekuni

Siblings:  Tadasuke, Sukemune, Suketake, sister (wife of Sagara Nagatsune)

Children:  Sukeyasu, Sukeaki

Itō Suketake served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He was a retainer of the Itō clan of Hyūga Province.

Suketake was born as the third son of Itō Sukekuni, the seventh head of the Hyūga-Itō.

In 1533, after the early death from illness of Itō Sukemitsu (the ninth head of the clan and son of Suketake’s older brother, Itō Tadasuke), Suketake revolted, forcing Sukemitsu’s chief retainer, Fukunaga Sukeaki, and his three sons to kill themselves and then occupied Tonokōri Castle.

In the background of this revolt, Sukeaki had formerly leveraged the authority of Sukemitsu to oust and eliminate a significant number of opposition elements in an event known as the Wakashū Rebellion.

For a while, Suketake garnered support as one of the sons of the head of the clan to succeed Sukemitsu, but he was defeated by the forces of Aratake Sansei who backed Sukemitsu’s younger brother, Itō Sukekiyo (Yoshisuke), as the successor to the clan after which Suketake took his own life.  This series of revolts is known as the Bushū Rebellion.