Nakamura Shigetomo

中村重友

Nakamura Clan

Bushō

Owari Province

Awa Province

Lifespan:  15xx to Unknown

Other Names:  Ukon-dayū, Jirōzaemon

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Nakamura

Bakufu:  Edo

Domain:  Tokushima

Lord:  Oda Nobunaga → Toyotomi Hideyoshi → Hachisuka Iemasa

Children:  Shigekatsu (Ukon)

Nakamura Shigetomo served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He was the lord of Kaifu Castle in Awa Province.

Shigetomo originated from the Nakamura township in Owari Province.  He was a small-scale landowner and served Oda Nobunaga, followed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

In 1576, Shigetomo served in the Battle of Tennōji as a member of the Oda army against the Ikkō-ikki army.  Together with Hachisuka Masakatsu, he captured many heads among the ikki forces.  This was one battle during the Ishiyama War between the Oda and the Ikkō-ikki of the Hongan Temple that last from 1570 to 1580.  Later, he moved to Awa Province to become a chief retainer of Hachisuka Iemasa, the founder of the Tokushima domain.

After entering Awa, Shigetomo became the lord Kaifu Castle – one of the Nine Castles of Awa.  Shigetomo’s son, Nakamura Shigekatsu, succeeded him as the lord of Kaifu Castle.  There is a theory that Shigekatsu was the father of Nakamura Kanzaburō, a first-generation kabuki actor.

In 1600, Shigetomo obeyed Hachisuka Iemasa and is said to have died while climbing Mount Kōya, but the year of his demise is uncertain.