Daishōin

大匠院

Hachisuka Clan

Wife of Hachisuka Maskatsu

Awa Province

Daishōin was a woman who lived from the Sengoku to early Edo periods.  She was the formal wife of Hachisuka Masakatsu.  Her common name was Matsu.

Her origins are unknown, but her father was Miwa Yoshitaka, a retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.  Under another theory, her father was Masada Mochimasa, a gōzoku, or member of a wealthy family, in Owari Province.  There is also a theory that she was a consort of Kitabatake Tomonori who was served by Miwa Yoshitaka.  With Tomonori, she gave birth to a monk of the Rinzai sect known as Tamotsu (later known as Tōgaku).

She wed Hachisuka Masakatsu as his formal wife and, in 1558, gave birth to Hachisuka Iemasa (the founder of the Tokushima domain).

Daishōin died in 1611.  Her remains were first interred at the Fukujū Temple on the grounds of Tokushima Castle but later moved to the grave of her husband, Masakatsu, at the Kōgen Temple in Awa.

A memorial tablet is enshrined in the main hall of the Honraku Temple.

In 1623, the Daishō Temple was built by her son, Iemasa, on the occasion of the thirteenth anniversary of her death in the village of Miyai in the Katsuura District.