Shinohara Kazutaka


Shinohara Clan


Kaga Province

Lifespan:  Eiroku 4 (1561) to 7/22 of Genna 2 (1616)

Other Names:  Tora (childhood), Kanroku

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Junior Fifth Rank (Lower), Governor of Hizen, Governor of Dewa

Clan:  Shinohara

Bakufu:  Edo

Domain:  Kaga-Maeda

Lord:  Maeda Toshiie → Maeda Toshinaga

Adoptive Father:  Shinohara Yasuke Nagashige

Siblings:  Kazutaka, Nagatsugu (brother-in-law)

Wife:  Daughter of Sawaki Yoshiyuki (younger brother of Maeda Toshiie)

Children:  Shuzen, Dewa, Shigeichi, Toranosuke

Shinohara Kazutaka served as a bushō from the Sengoku to early Edo periods.  He was a retainer of the Maeda clan.

Kazutaka was born in 1561.  His original family were the Aoki and he was later adopted by Shinohara Yasuke Nagashige, a cousin of Matsu, the wife of Maeda Toshiie.

From an early age, he served Toshiie, participating in battles to subjugate the Hokuriku region, the Siege of Suemori Castle, and the Conquest of Odawara.   Kazutaka was well-known for the construction of stone walls, and built the Kahoku gate to the outermost perimeter of Kanazawa Castle.  In the sixth month of 1591, he was conferred the title of Junior Fifth Rank (Lower) and Governor of Hizen.  In 1593, he transitioned to the title of Governor of Dewa.  He became a military leader in the Maeda family.  In 1599, Toshiie died in Ōsaka.  In Toshie’s will addressed to his eldest son and heir, Maeda Toshinaga, he instructed him to rely upon Kazutaka as a tight-lipped and loyal retainer.  Thereafter, Toshiie’s coffin was returned to Kaga.  In the era of Toshinaga, Kazutaka joined Yokoyama Nagachika and Okumura Haruaki to manage political affairs in the province and maintained a fief of 15,650 koku, participating in the Siege of Ōsaka.

Kazutaka died in 1616.  His eldest son, Shuzen, died early and his second son, Dewa, inherited the headship of the clan and a fief of 10,250 koku but his son, Iwamatsu, died early so the clan was extinguished.  His third son, Shigeichi, began a cadet family with 1,000 koku and, after the death of Dewa, increased his fief by 2,000 koku.  His fourth son, Toranosuke, started a cadet family with 1,000 koku but died early.

The location of his residence remains to the present day in the town of Dewa in the city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture.