Kuroda Kumanosuke

黒田熊之助

Kuroda Clan

Individual

Buzen Province

Lifespan:  Tenshō 10 (1582) to Keichō 2 (1597)

Clan:  Kuroda

Father:  Kuroda Yoshitaka (Kanbei, Josui)

Mother:  Teru (daughter of Kushihashi Koresada)

Siblings:  Nagamasa, Kumanosuke

Kuroda Kumanosuke was an individual who lived during the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

In 1582, Kumanosuke was born as the second son of Kuroda Yoshitaka and his formal wife, Teru (Mitsu), in Himeji in Harima Province.  Kuroda Nagamasa was his older brother.

In 1597, during the Keichō Campaign on the Korean Peninsula, the Kuroda family was ordered to deploy.  Yoshitaka and Nagamasa initially deployed while Kumanosuke remained behind in Nakatsu in Buzen Province.  Seeking to join his father and older brother, in the seventh month of 1597, Kumanosuke slipped out of Nakatsu Castle and secretly attempted to cross the sea to Korea.  During the voyage, the ship encountered stormy weather and capsized.  Kumanosuke, along with three retainers accompanying him, including Mori Kichidayū (the eldest son of Mori Tomonobu), Katō Yoshimatsu (the younger brother of Kuroda Kazushige), and Kiyama Jōtaku (a renowned practitioner of the cultural art of renga), all drowned.  After his death, Kumanosuke’s mother, Teru, mourned for his soul at the Ennō Temple that she had built.  Later, a memorial was also built at the Sōfuku Temple, the family temple of the Kuroda family in the Fukuoka domain.