Kakizaki Noriie


Kakizaki Clan


Echigo Province

Lifespan:  Tenshō 4 (1576) to 9/30 of Kanei 10 (1633)

Rank:  bushō

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

Clan:  Kakizaki

Lord:  Uesugi Kagekatsu → Uesugi Sadakatsu

Father:  Kakizaki Haruie (under another theory, Kageie)

Wife:  Third daughter of Uesugi Norimasa

Children:  Masaie

Kakizaki Noriie served as a bushō during the Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo periods.

In 1576, Noriie was born as the son of Kakizaki Haruie, a senior retainer of the Uesugi clan.  He had the childhood name of Chikumamaru and common name of Yajirō.

In 1578, the death of Uesugi Kenshin led to a succession dispute in which his father, Haruie, supported Uesugi Kagetora.  A faction comprised of retainers of the Kakizaki family supporting Uesugi Kagekatsu backed Chikumamaru and rebelled against Haruie.  This led to a division of the members of the Kakizaki family in Saruge Castle who then fought among themselves.  The faction supporting Kagekatsu eviscerated the faction backing Kagetora.  After the conflict ended in victory for Kagekatsu, Haruie was murdered at Kasugayama Castle while Chikumamaru was permitted to inherit the Kakizaki family.  A letter sent after the conflict notes that Naoe Kanetsugu was serving as the guardian of the Kakizaki family.

In the eighth month of 1584, Chikumamaru attended his coming-of-age ceremony and adopted the name of Noriie.  In 1594, he governed a fief of 2,861 koku but, in 1597, errors were made with respect to the construction work to allow vessels to approach Fushimi Castle via the Yodo River.  This project was assigned to the Uesugi and under the overall management of Naoe Kanetsugu.  The errors led to claims against Kanetsugu regarding the quota for labor requisitions.  As a result, Noriie, along with Suda Mitsutane and Honjō Akinaga, was removed from his position and ousted from the Uesugi family.

On 3/20 of Kanei 1 (1624), at the same time that Takanashi Yorichika and Saitō Kagenobu were purged, Noriie’s status was restored by Uesugi Sadakatsu, the successor to Kagekatsu as the second lord of the Yonezawa domain.   Serving as the head of a cavalry unit, he received a stipend of 300 koku (later increased to 500 koku)  and revived the Kakizaki family.

On 9/30 of Kanei 10 (1633), Noriie died at the age of fifty-eight.