Izuha Mototomo

出羽元倶

Izuha Clan

Bushō

Iwami Province

Lifespan:  Kōji 1 (1555) to 8/10 of Genki 2 (1571)

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Mōri → Izuha

Lord:  Mōri Motonari → Mōri Terumoto

Father:  Mōri Motonari

Mother:  Miyoshi clan

Adoptive Father:  Izuha Motosuke

Siblings:  Mōri Takamoto, Kikkawa Motoharu, Kobayakawa Takakage, Ninomiya Naritoki (?), Hoida Motokiyo, Mōri Motoaki, Mototomo, Amano Motomasa, Suetsugu Motoyasu, Mōri Hidekane, other

Izuha Mototomo served as a bushō during the Sengoku period.  He had the common name of Magoshirō.

In 1555, Mototomo was born as the sixth son of Mōri Motonari.  He was adopted by Izuha Motosuke, a kokujjin, or provincial landowner, based in Izuha in the Ōchi District of Iwami Province.  Motosuke was the lord of Izuha-Futatsuyama Castle.  Mototomo adopted the Izuha surname, but, in 1571, died at the age of seventeen.  After the death of Mototomo, Motosuke’s natural son, Izuha Motokatsu, became his successor.

Mototomo died just two months after the death of his natural father, Motonari.  To avoid misunderstandings, Motosuke sent a written oath to Motonari’s successor, Mōri Terumoto, reaffirming his loyalty to the Mōri clan.  Later, Buddhist memorial services marking the 150th and 200th anniversaries of Mototomo’s death were held at the Tokutonari Temple (affiliated with the Nanzen Temple branch of the Rinzai sect) in Fukugenzen in Hagi in Nagato Province.