Inaba Michitō

稲葉道通

Inaba Clan

Daimyō

Mino Province

Lifespan:  Genki 1 (1570) to 12/12 of Keichō 12 (1608)

Rank:  bushō; daimyō

Title:  Junior Fifth Rank (Lower);  Chamberlain of the Imperial Guards of the Left Division

Clan:  Inaba

Bakufu:  Edo

Domain: Ise-Tamaru

Lord:  Toyotomi Hideyoshi → Toyotomi Hideyori → Tokugawa Ieyasu → Tokugawa Hidetada

Father:  Inaba Shigemichi

Mother:  Daughter of Yoshida Jōchū

Siblings:  Makimura Toshisada, Michishige, Michitō, sister (formal wife of Inaba Masanari), Itchū

Wife:  [Formal]  Daughter of Hineno Morinari

Children:  Norimichi, daughter (second wife of Funakoshi Nagakage), daughter (formal wife of Abe Tadaaki)

Inaba Michitō served as a bushō and daimyō during the Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo periods.  Michitō was the first head of the Ise-Tamaru domain in the Edo period.

Michitō was born as the fourth son of Inaba Shigemichi,  He was the grandchild of Inaba Yoshimichi.  Yoshimichi served as a retainer of the Saitō, the Oda, and the Toyotomi and as the lord of Sone Castle in Mino Province.

In 1593, Michitō’s older brother, Makimura Toshisada (adopted by Makimura Masamichi) died of illness while on deployment for the Bunroku Expedition on the Korean Peninsula.  Toshisada’s son, Makimura Ushinosuke, was an infant, having been born that same year.  As a result, Michitō inherited the family and a fief of 20,300 koku to serve on behalf of Ushinosuke until he reached the age of maturity.  In 1594, owing to Michitō’s contributions in the building of Fushimi Castle, Toyotomi Hideyoshi increased his fief to 5,700 koku and conferred upon him the Toyotomi surname.  At this time, he was also invested with an official rank.

In 1600, at the Battle of Sekigahara, Michitō joined the Eastern Army, and, together with Wakebe Mitsuyoshi and Tomita Nobutaka, fought against Kuki Yoshitaka of the Western Army.  After the war, he was rewarded for his contributions with an increase to his fief of 20,000 koku, whereupon he moved to Tamaru in Ise Province and held a territory of 45,700 koku.  However, in 1607, even though Ushinosuke had reached the age of fifteen, Michitō did not attempt to transfer headship of the clan to him.  Dissatisfied with the situation, Ushinosuke planned to appeal to Tokugawa Iesyasu, but, upon hearing this news, Michitō sent an assassin and had Ushinosuke killed.

Within less than one-half year after the assassination, on 12/12 of 1607, Michitō suddenly died in Fushimi at the age of thirty-eight, and it was said to be divine punishment for the killing of his nephew.  Michitō was succeeded by his eldest son, Inaba Norimichi, who became the second head of the Ise-Tamaru domain.  Owing to various acts of misconduct, Norimichi later  came under investigation by the bakufu, upon which he killed himself in Fukuchiyama Castle in Tanba Province, continuing the bad omen that began with his father.