Makimura Toshisada


Makimura Clan

Mino Province

Makimura Toshisada

Lifespan:  Tenbun 15 (1546) to 7/10 of Bunroku 2 (1593)

Rank:  bushō; daimyō

Clan:  Inaba → Makimura

Lord:  Oda Nobunaga → Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Father:  Inaba Shigemichi

Adoptive Father:  Makimura Masamichi

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

Children:  Ushinosuke, Soshin-ni

Makimura Toshisada served as a bushō and daimyō during the Sengoku and Azuchi-Momoyama periods.

In 1546, Toshisada was born as the son of Inaba Shigemichi.  His maternal grandfather was Makimura Masamichi.  Toshisada succeeded Masamachi and became the lord of Makimura Castle in Mino.

After the death of Oda Nobunaga on 6/2 of 1582, Toshisada served as an umamawari, or member of the mounted cavalry, for Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

In 1584, Takayama Ukon persuaded Toshisada to adopt Christianity.  He also participated in the Battle of Komaki-Nagakute, the Conquest of Shikoku, and the Kyūshū Pacification.

In 1590, Toshisada was awarded by Hideyoshi a fief of 20,650 koku and became the lord of Iwade Castle in Ise Province.

The Bunroku-Keichō Expedition on the Korean Peninsula commenced in 1592, was subject to a ceasefire in 1593, and then relapsed into conflict in 1597, continuing until a withdrawal by the Japanese soldiers in 1598 shortly after the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.  Beginning in 1592, Toshisada served as a magistrate of the warships, but, on 7/10 of 1593, died of illness on the Korean Peninsula at the age of forty-eight.

Toshisada’s son, Makimura Ushinosuke, was born that same year in 1593, so Toshisada’s younger brother, Inaba Michitō, inherited the family to serve on behalf of Ushinosuke until he reached maturity.  However, even after Ushinosuke became fifteen years old, Michitō did not attempt to transfer headship of the clan to him, and, instead engaged an assassin to kill Ushinosuke that same year.  Less than one-half year later, Michitō himself suddenly died, which was said to be divine punishment for his actions.

Toshisada was one of the disciples of the famous tea master, Sen-no-rikyū, and is identified as a member of the Seven Disciples of Rikyū.