Awaya Kagekatsu


Awaya Clan


Aki Province

Lifespan:  15xx to 16xx

Other Names:  Shirōbei-no-jō

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Awaya

Lord:  Kobayakawa Takakage → Mōri Teumoto

Father:  Awaya Moritada

Mother:  Daughter of Inoue Harutada

Siblings:  [Unidentified], Motosada, Kagekatsu

Awaya Kagekatsu served as a bushō during the Sengoku and Azuchi-Momoyama periods.  He was a retainer of the Kobayakawa and Mōri clans.

Kagekatsu served Kobayakawa Takakage.

According to records of the Kobayakawa family, in 1582, Kagekatsu was listed in the fourteenth seat of rank for the new year event.

During the Bunroku Campaign, Kagekatsu served Takakage and crossed to the Korean Peninsula.  On 1/26 of Bunroku 2 (1593), at the Battle of Byeokjegwan, Kagekatsu joined Inoue Kagesada to command two vanguard divisions in the Kobayakawa army.  He led forces directly into the line of fire against the Ming army led by Li Rusong.

In 1597, after the death of Takakage, Kagekatsu was assigned to the band of retainers serving the Mōri clan for which he submitted a written pledge to Mōri Terumoto.  In 1600, after the Battle of Sekigahara, Kagekatsu, while serving as a messenger for Terumoto, visited Gyokuchū Sōshū, the 112th generation abbot of the Daitoku Temple in Kyōto, and communicated the intent of Terumoto to undergo the rights of tonsure.

In 1601, owing to conflict with hereditary retainers of the Mōri, Kagekatsu absconded from the clan.  His whereabouts thereafter are unknown.