Koteda Yasutsune


Koteda Clan


Hizen Province

Lifespan:  Tenbun 1 (1532) to Tenshō 9 (1581)

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Koteda

Lord:  Matsura Takanobu

Children:  Yasukazu

Koteda Yasutsune served as a bushō during the Sengoku and Azuchi-Momoyama periods.  He was revered as a pillar of the Christian community in Japan.

In 1532, Yasutsune was born as the son of Koteda Yasumasa, a senior retainer of the Matsura clan of Hizen Province.  Yasutsune and his father were baptized as Christians.

After his lord, Matsura Takanobu, Yasutsune was the most powerful figure in the clan and assisted Takanobu.  During conflicts with the main branch of the Matsura clan and in battles against the Hata clan, Yasutsune served on behalf of his lord as the commander-in-chief on deployments.