Koteda Yasukazu


Koteda Clan


Hizen Province

Lifespan:  Tenbun 22 (1553) to Unknown

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Koteda

Lord:  Matsura Shigenobu

Father:  Koteda Yasutsune

Koteda Yasukazu served as a bushō during the Sengoku and Azuchi-Momoyama periods.

In 1553, Yasukazu was born as the son of Koteda Yasutsune, a retainer of the Matsura clan of Hizen Province.

Similar to his father and his grandfather, Koteda Yasumasa, Yasukazu converted to Christianity.  On 7/24 of Tenshō 15 (1587), the Toyotomi administration issued an order to banish padres (Jesuit priests and missionaries) in Japan.  After his lord, Matsura Shigenobu, proceeded to implement this order, Yasukazu opposed orders to renounce Christianity and destroy the churches in the territory.  This led to conflict with Shigenobu so he took his family and other residents and absconded to Nagasaki.