Ashina Ujikata

蘆名氏方

Ashina Clan

Bushō

Mutsu Province

Lifespan:  Eishō 13 (1516) to Eiroku 4 (1561)

Rank:  bushi

Title:  Governor of Yamashiro

Clan:  Ashina

Father:  Ashina Morikiyo

Mother:  Kawano Gozen (Prostitute)

Siblings:  Ujikata, Moriuji, sister (wife of Horiuchi Chikatane)

Ashina Ujikata was a bushi during the Sengoku period.  He was the eldest (illegitmate) son of Ashina Morikiyo, the fifteenth head of the Ashina clan based in Kurokawa Castle in Aizu in Mutsu Province.

The Ashina were a branch of the Kanmu-Taira lineage of the Miura clan.

In 1516, Ujikata was born to a prostitute, Kawano Gozen.  Following the birth of his younger brother, Ashina Moriuji, Ujikata was sent out of Kurokawa Castle and raised by Tomita Yoshizane.

In the second month of 1561, after Moriuji attacked Naganuma Sanekuni and was absent from Kurokawa, Ujikata plotted a rebellion with support of Yoshizane and his sons, but it was suppressed days later and, along with his retainers, he killed himself on Higashiyama.