Takita Akinari

田北鑑生

Takita Clan

Bushō

Bungo Province

Lifespan:  Unknown to 11/9 of Eiroku 4

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Governor of Yamato

Clan:  Takita

Lord:  Ōtomo Yoshiaki → Ōtomo Yoshishige (Sōrin)

Father:  Takita Chikakazu

Siblings:  [XX], Akinari, Akishige (Shōtetsu), Akimasu, Shigekane

Takita Akinari served as a bushō and retainer of the Ōtomo clan of Bungo Province.

Akinari was the son of Takita Chikakazu, a retainer of the Ōtomo.  Chikakazu served as an elder and senior representative of the clan.  Akinari served as a close associate of Ōtomo Yoshiaki.  Akinari received one of the characters in his name from Yoshiaki.

In 1527, Akinari followed Chikakazu into his first battle – an attack against Saeki Koreharu, lord of Togamure Castle.  Akinari served valorously in this engagement.

In 1534, at the Battle of Seiba-ga-haru against the Ōuchi clan, the Ōtomo were initially in a weaker position.  Akinari led a detached force of over 1,000 men to shore-up the main contingent that was suffering a rout, and made a sudden attack against the Ōuchi.  In the course of these actions, he killed Sugi Shigenobu and wounded Sue Okifusa, contributing to a victory.  Thereafter, he sought to reconcile with the Ōuchi and constructed a shrine.  He also had repairs performed on the Ōtomo residence.

After Ōtomo Yoshishige became head of the clan, Akinari became a senior representative and deputy for Chikuzen Province.  Akinari served as the head of senior representatives in a reception for Ōuchi Yoshinaga as head of the Ōuchi clan.  In 1556, he supported Yoshishige during a rebellion by Obara Akimoto and, in 1557, to conquer Akizuki Fumitane. Akinari achieved great results in the attack against the Akizuki. Thereafter, he resided in Chikuzen Province as the deputy.  In 1561, in the Fourth Battle of Moji Castle, when the forces were in retreat after severing of the supply line, Akinari encountered an ambush by Mōri forces under the command of Nomi Munekatsu.  Akinari was severely wounded, later dying of his injuries.  His younger brother, Takita Akishige (Shōtetsu), succeeded him as head of the family.