Kizawa Fuhan


Kizawa Clan


Kawachi Province

Lifespan:  Unknown to 15xx

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Kizawa

Lord:  Hatakeyama Yoshitoyo → Hatakeyama Yoshihide → Hatakeyama Yoshitaka → Hatakeyama Ariuji

Father:  Kizawa Hidehisa (?)

Children:  Nagamasa, Nakatsukasa-taifu, Sama-no-jō

Kizawa Fuhan served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He was a servant of the Hatakeyama-Sōshū family who wielded influence primarily in Kawachi and Yamato provinces.  Fuhan was the father of Kizawa Nagamasa who served as the deputy military governor of Kawachi during the Tenbun era (1532 to 1555).  He used the title of Sakon-no-daibu as a common name.

In Kyōto, Fuhan served Hatakeyama Yoshihide who was placed under the protection of Hosokawa Masamoto, the deputy shōgun of the Muromachi bakufu.  When Yoshihide inherited the headship of the clan, Fuhan operated together with Yusa Narimori who was the most powerful figure in the family at the time, thereby strengthening his own authority.  In 1532, he offered food and drink to a noble named Sanjōnishi Sanetaka, and, while residing in the capital, is surmised to have built relationships with individuals in the noble class such as Reizei Masatame, a noble and composer of classical poetry.  This served as the foundation for the later governance of Kyōto by his eldest son, Nagamasa.

After Nagamasa took control of the Hatakeyama clan, Fuhan served as his representative, but was resented by others owing to various bad acts.  Having become disenchanted with his father’s behavior, in 1540, Nagamasa publicly declared a severance of his relationship with his father.

In 1542, after Nagamasa was killed in action at the Battle of Taihei Temple, Fuhan, along with Nagamasa’s younger brothers (with the titles of Nakatsukasa-taifu and Sama-no-jō), and Fuhan’s grandson (Magokurō – the illegitimate eldest son of Nagamasa) holed-up on Iimoriyama Castle.  Henceforth, however, his whereabouts are unknown and he is deemed to have died before long thereafter.