Makino Hisanaka


Makino Clan


Mutsu Province

Lifespan:  15xx to 15xx

Other Names:  Danjōzaemon, Danjō-no-jō, Munenaka

Rank:  bushō

Bakufu:  Muromachi – deputy military governor of Mutsu

Clan:  Nakano → Makino

Lord:  Date Tanemune → Date Harumune → Date Terumune

Father:  Nakano Munetoki

Adoptive Father:  Makino Kagenaka

Siblings:  Nakano Chikatoki, Hisanaka

Children:  Tamenaka

Makino Hisanaka served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He was a retainer of the Date clan and served as the lord of Komatsu Castle in the Okitama District of Dewa Province and as the deputy military governor of Mutsu Province.

Hisanaka was born as the second son of Nakano Munetoki, a senior retainer of the Date clan.

Hisanaka became the adopted heir to the well-known Makino clan, serving as a deputy military governor for the Date clan.  Similar to his father, Munetoki, he wielded significant authority within the Date family.  In 1570, Munetoki revolted against Date Terumune as the successor to Date Harumune.  Hisanaka supported Munetoki but the actions failed and both of them were relegated to the status of rōnin, or wandering samurai.  Hisanaka requested to serve Terumune but was not permitted to do so for the rest of his life.

After the demise of Terumune, in the era of Date Masamune, the Makino family was finally allowed to return to the service of the Date clan.  In 1593, Hisanaka’s grandson, Makino Morinaka served in the Bunroku Campaign on the Korean Peninsula, after which he was granted 200 koku for his contributions and the family regained its status as elders of the clan.  Later, Morinaka became the lord of Miyazaki Castle in the Kami District of Mutsu and his fief was increased to over 2,000 koku.  A total of 468 koku was allocated to his younger brother, Makino Tomoshige, in Takeya in the Miyagi District and he established a cadet family known as the Takeya-Makino.

In the era of Morinaka’s son, Makino Shigenaka, the fief was further increased to a total of 2,500 koku.  In 1650, Shigenaka was removed from his position for a crime and the members of the Makino family once again were removed from their position as elders of the Date.  In the fourth month of 1661, Furuuchi Shigeyasu (Shigenaka’s younger brother-in-law) allocated 500 koku from his own fief to Shigenaka’s son, Shigenaka (written with a different character) and requested that he revive the main branch of the Makino family whereupon he was permitted to do so with the status of the family as ordinary retainers.