Ryūzōji Nobukane


Ryūzōji Clan


Hizen Province

Lifespan:  10/18 of Tenbun 1 (1532) to 8/15 of Keichō 13 (1608)

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Governor of Awa, Director of the Imperial Cavalry of the Left Division

Clan:  Ryūzōji (Suko-Nabeshima family)

Bakufu:  Edo

Domain:  Hizen-Saga

Lord:  Ryūzōji Takanobu → Ryūzōji Masaie → Ryūzōji Takafusa → Nabeshima Katsushige

Father:  Ryūzōji Kaneie

Siblings:  Sister (wife of Yae Muneteru), Takanobu, Nobukane, sister (second wife of Inuzuka Naoshige), Naganobu

Children:  Son, Nobuaki

Ryūzōji Nobukane served as a bushō from the Sengoku to early Edo periods.  Nobukane served as the first head of the Suko-Nabeshima family – one of the Four Families of the Ryūzōji serving the Nabeshima clan of the Saga domain.  Together with his older brother, Ryūzōji Takanobu, Nobukane made contributions in numerous battles.

In 1532, Nobukane was born as the second son of Ryūzōji Kaneie.  He was the next younger brother of Takanobu but born to a different mother so had a lower status than the next youngest brother, Ryūzōji Naganobu, who was born to the same mother as Takanobu.

In 1570, at the Battle of Imayama between the Ōtomo and Ryūzōji clans, the Ryūzōji army achieved a major victory in a localized conflict, but the situation in the province was unstable so it was determined that a continuing feud with the Ōtomo clan was not in their own interest.  Upon demand of the Ōtomo, Nobukane was sent as a hostage to the Ōtomo and the two clans reconciled.

n 1584, after the death of his older brother, Takanobu, at the Battle of Okitanawate, Nobukane moved to Suko Castle.  Over the period of the Pacification of Kyūshū and the Bunroku Campaign in Korea, the governing authority of Hizen transferred from the Ryūzōji clan to Nabeshima Naoshige.  Nobukane followed this trend by acknowledging the governance structure of the Nabashima clan in Hizen.

To understand the status of a movement led by Ryūzōji Takafusa to restore the authority of the Ryūzōji clan, the Edo bakufu summoned Nobukane, Naganobu, and Ryūzōji Ieharu to Edo.  The three of them recognized the authority of the Nabeshima clan in Hizen whose status became definitive.

Nobukane’s descendants, as members of the Suko-Nabeshima family, served as senior retainers of the Saga-Nabeshima clan until the Meiji Restoration.

In 1608, Nobukane died.  His eldest son died in the Bunroku Campaign so he was succeeded by his second son, Ryūzōji Nobuaki.