Morozumi Toramitsu


Morozumi Clan

Kai Province

Morozumi Toramitsu

Lifespan:  Unknown to 9/10 of Eiroku 4 (1561)

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Governor of Bungo

Clan:  Morozumi – served the Kai-Takeda

Lord:  Takeda Nobutora → Takeda Harunobu (Shingen)

Children:  Morozumi Masamori (adopted)

Morozumi Toramitsu served as a bushō and multi-generational retainer of the Takeda clan, the sengoku daimyō of Kai Province.

The Jishō Temple near Ryūō in the city of Kai in Kai Province was founded by a monk named Shinō Sōken and Morozumi Masakiyo, the illegitimate child of Takeda Nobumasa, the military governor of Kai.  Masakiyo is regarded as the same individual as Morozumi Torasada.  According to certain accounts, Torasada was born in 1480, but he may have been from next generation.

Torasada served as a commander of a unit of fifty mounted soldiers from the era of Takeda Nobutora, the grandson of Nobumasa.  Along with Obu Toramasa, Torasada was recognized for this military achievements.  Following the ouster of Nobutora, Torasada served under Takeda Harunobu (known as Shingen).

Morozumi Toramitsu first appears in authenticated accounts in 1557 as a bugyōnin, or commissioner, acting as a signatory on documents for the payment of taxes to support an advance upon the capital of Kyōto.  During the Kōji era (1555-1558), Toramitsu and Akiyama Torashige kept Harunobu informed of developments in Mino Province.  During an invasion by the Takeda army into Shinano Province, Toramitsu joined with kunishū, or local families, of Shinano, to guard Kashiwabachi Castle.

In 1561, Morozumi died in the Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima.  The Uesugi temporarily possessed his head, but it was taken back by mounted soldiers, Naruse Masakazu and Ishiguro Shōgen.  He was succeeded by his eldest son, Morozumi Masamori.  Masamori was removed from his position after a dispute with Hara Moritane (the son of Hara Toratane).  Thereafter, the Morozumi disappear from historical records.