Yamauchi Kazutoyo

Yamauchi Kazutoyo

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also spelled Yamanouchi (1545/1546? - November 1, 1605), was born the son of Yamanouchi Moritoyo in Owari Province at the end of the Sengoku period of Japan. Kazutoyo held the title of Tosa no kami.

Kazutoyo served under Oda Nobunaga between from 1565 to 1582, the year Nobunaga was killed. Kazutoyo fought in the Battle of Anegawa, as well as the Battle of Nagashino. After the death of Nobunaga, Kazutoyo stayed on as a vassal under Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In doing so, he was rewarded with a 50,000-koku fief at Kakegawa. In the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Kazutoyo supported Tokugawa Ieyasu, leading more than 2,000 men in that battle, and captured Gifu Castle as a result. As a reward for his achievements, Kazutoyo was given the Tosa Domain. To bring certain unruly warriors of Tosa into line, Kazutoyo called on the assistance of Ii Naomasa, who sent Suzuki Hyoe for this purpose.

Kazutoyo built Kōchi Castle. His life spanned the closing years of the Sengoku period, the Azuchi-Momoyama period, and the beginning of the Edo period.

Kazutoyo is a playable character from the Eastern Army in the original Kessen.

In drama

The 45th NHK Taiga drama (2006) is a dramatization of the life of Kazutoyo, with his wife Chiyo as the central character. Kōmyō-ga-tsuji: Yamauchi Kazutoyo no Tsuma stars Nakama Yukie as Chiyo. Takaya Kamikawa plays Kazutoyo. The story tells Chiyo,as a wise and beautiful wife, helped her husband Yamauchi Kazutoyo up from an ordinary samurai to the governor of an...
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