Fukuma Nobuharu

福間信治

Fukuma Clan

Bushō

Bingo Province

Lifespan:  Meiō 2 (1493) to 3/18 of Kōji 2 (1556)

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Assistant Director of the Bureau of Palace Maintenance

Clan:  Fukuma (an illegitimate branch of the Yamana clan of the Seiwa-Genji)

Lord:  Amago Tsunehisa → Amago Haruhisa → Mōri Motonari

Father:  Fukuma Masasada

Siblings:  Nobuharu, Masatsugu, Takatsugu, 包六

Wife:  Daughter of Shōrinbō Hironori

Children:  Takaaki, Motoaki, Saigan

Fukuma Nobuharu served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He was a retainer of the Amago and Mōri clans.

In 1493, Nobuharu was born as the son of Fukuma Masasada, a member of the Amago clan and the lord of Hatagaeshi Castle in Bingo Province.  In 1503, his father, Masasada, died, so he followed his mother to reside in Inaba Province.

During the Eishō era (1504 to 1521), after moving to live in Bingo Province, he headed toward Izumo Province and served Amago Tsunehisa and Amago Haruhisa.

From 1540 to 1541, at the Siege of Yoshida-Kōriyama Castle, Nobuharu participated with the forces of Haruhisa, but was injured.  Later, he ended his service to the Amago clan, returned to Bingo Province, and resided in the Shōrin monastery in the village of Miyo.

In 1548, Nobuharu was summoned by Mōri Motonari and headed to Yoshida in the Takata District of Aki.  Thereafter, he served the Mōri clan.

Nobuharu’s eldest son, Fukuma Takaaki, was his designated successor.  In 1554, however, Takaaki was killed in action during operations to subdue the Kurose group of Aki so his second son, Fukuma Motoaki, became the designated successor.  Out of recognition for the loyalty of Takaaki, Motonari ordered Inoue Narishige to provide a reward to Nobuharu.

On 3/18 of Kōji 2 (1556), he died at the age of sixty-four.  He was succeeded by his second son, Motoaki.