Shimotsuma Rairyō


Shimotsuma Clan



Lifespan:  15xx to 15xx

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Shimotsuma

Father:  Shimotsuma Rairen

Siblings:  Rairyō, Munekiyo, Nakaharu

Children:  Rairyō (written with a different character)

Shimotsuma Rairyō served as a bushō from the Sengoku to early Edo periods.  He was born as the eldest son of Shimotsuma Rairen, a priest at the Ishiyama-Hongan Temple.  His childhood name was Chikafuku and he was commonly known as Mimasaka-no-kami.

From 1575, he served as an assistant to Kenson, the abbot at the Kōshō Temple who was the second son of Kennyo, the high priest of the Ishiyama-Hongan Temple.  During the Ishiyama War during which adherents of the temple engaged in a prolonged struggle against Oda Nobunaga from 1570 to 1580, Rairyō supported Kenson by communicating orders to the temple followers.  After the war, in 1581, he was appointed as a senior monk.  In 1601, he adopted the name of Sōha, and,  in 1627, served in the Nishi-Hongan Temple.  Thereafter, his whereabouts are unknown.  His son, Rairyō, served in the Higashi-Hongan Temple.