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Shimazu Munenobu

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Munenobu's grave at the Shimazu clan cemetery at Fukushô-ji, in Kagoshima
  • Born: 1728/6/13
  • Died: 1749/7/10
  • Other Names: 慈徳院 (Jitokuin)
  • Japanese: 島津宗信 (Shimazu Munenobu)

Shimazu Munenobu was the 23rd head of the Shimazu clan, and the sixth Edo period lord of Satsuma han.

Munenobu was the eldest son of Shimazu Tsugutoyo; his mother was a daughter of the Shibuya clan. He was raised as an adopted child of Tsugutoyo's wife Take-hime (an adopted daughter of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi), and was as a result granted the privilege of using the Matsudaira name.

Raised in Edo, he traveled to Kagoshima for the first time in 1745.[1]

Upon his father's retirement in 1746, Munenobu became head of the clan, and of Satsuma domain. He struggled with a heavy household debt, and attempted to run the domain frugally. He retired in 1749 after only three years as the lord, journeying to Edo for his retirement[2] and passing on leadership of the domain to his younger brother Shimazu Shigetoshi. During that brief period, however, he escorted a Ryukyuan embassy to Edo in 1748, and was elevated to Upper Junior Fourth Rank.[3] Munenobu died less than a year into his retirement, at the young age of 21.


Preceded by:
Shimazu Tsugutoyo
Lord of Satsuma han
1746-1749
Succeeded by:
Shimazu Shigetoshi

References

  1. Hirayama Toshijirô 平山敏治郎, "Nyûrai Ryûkyû ki" 入来琉球記, Minzoku gaku kenkyûsho kiyô 民俗学研究所紀要 3 (1978/12), 100.
  2. Shinpen Chiryû shishi 5: Chiryû-juku honjin go-shukuchô 新編知立市史5:池鯉鮒宿本陣御宿帳, Chiryû, Aichi: Chiryû-shishi hensan iinkai (2011), 244.
  3. Yokoyama Manabu 横山学, Ryûkyû koku shisetsu torai no kenkyû 琉球国使節渡来の研究, Tokyo: Yoshikawa kôbunkan (1987), 67.
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