- Asano Nagaakira
Asano Nagaakira Lord of Ashimori In office
Preceded by Kinoshita Katsutoshi Succeeded by Kinoshita Toshifusa Lord of Wakayama In office
Preceded by Asano Yoshinaga Succeeded by Tokugawa Yorinobu Lord of Hiroshima In office
Preceded by Fukushima Masanori Succeeded by Asano Mitsuakira Personal details Born 1586 Died 1632 Nationality Japanese
Asano Nagaakira (浅野 長晟, March 18, 1586 – October 16, 1632) was a Japanese samurai of the early Edo period who served as daimyō of the Wakayama domain, and was later transferred to the Hiroshima Domain.
Born Asano Iwamatsu, he was the son of Asano Nagamasa, who was a senior retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In 1594, Nagaakira was made a retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and stipended at 3,000 koku. Following Tokugawa Ieyasu six years later at the Battle of Sekigahara, he was awarded with the 24,000 koku fief of Ashimori han. As his brother Yukinaga died heirless in 1613, Nagaakira succeeded him, becoming daimyo of Wakayama han. At the siege of Ōsaka, he commanded a portion of Tokugawa Ieyasu's army. In the summer of 1615, Toyotomi Hideyori's Western Army moved to attack Asano's castle at Wakayama. Though most of Asano's forces were at Ōsaka, sieging Toyotomi's fortress, the remaining garrison outnumbered the Western warriors, and Asano led his men in sallying forth to meet the enemy in the Battle of Kashii.
Asano also fought in the Battle of Tennoji, the decisive final battle in the siege of Ōsaka, where he commanded Tokugawa's rear guard. In 1619, he was granted the fief of Hiroshima, in Aki Province, which would come to be the home of the Asano family for many generations.
Lord of Ashimori
Lord of Wakayama
Lord of Hiroshima
For further reading
- Turnbull, Stephen (1998). 'The Samurai Sourcebook'. London: Cassell & Co.
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