Hasegawa Kyōsuke

長谷川橋介

Hasegawa Clan

Bushō

Owari Province

Hasegawa Kyōsuke served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  Kyōsuke was the younger brother of Hasegawa Yoji and uncle of Hasegawa Hidekazu – a daimyō in Owari Province.  He was commonly known as Ukon.

Kyōsuke initially served as a servant to Oda Nobunaga.  In 1552, Kyōsuke participated as a foot soldier in the vanguard of the Battle of Akatsuka in which Nobunaga’s men fought against the forces of Yamaguchi Noriyoshi.  In the beginning of the Eiroku era (1558 to 1570), Kyōsuke became a member of the akahoroshū – an elite division of mounted soldiers adorned with red capes that filled with air while riding to deflect arrows or objects hurled at them in battle.

In 1560, when Nobunaga began his initial march at dawn, Kyōsuke, along with Iwamuro Shigeyasu, Sawaki Yoshiyuki, Yamaguchi Hida-no-kami, and Katō Yasaburō, was one of only five accompanying Nobunaga as the group headed-out for the Battle of Okehazama. 

In 1569, at the Siege of Ōkawachi Castle, Kyōsuke, Yoshiyuki, and others served as members of the unit to defend the main camp and engage in limited construction.

Later, Kyōsuke fell out of favor with Nobunaga so, along with Yoshiyuki, Hida-no-kami, and Yasaburō, absconded from the Oda family.  Together, they approached Tokugawa Ieyasu for protection.  The treatment he received at this time is unknown, but Kyōsuke did participate in the Battle of Mikata-ga-hara on 12/22 of 1572, and, together with Yoshiyuki, Hida-no-kami, and Yasaburō, was killed in action.

According to one account, when Nobunaga killed his younger brother Nobukatsu (also known as Nobuyuki), Kyōsuke was one of three soldiers who cut him down; however, the authoritative biography of Nobunaga known as the Shinchō-kōki contains no reference of this account so the details are uncertain.

His son, Shirōzaemon, returned to Owari and served under Hasegawa Hidekazu.