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The emblem (mon) of the Kikkawa clan

Kikkawa clan (吉川氏 Kikkawa-shi?) was a samurai clan of Japan's Sengoku period. The most famous member of the clan is likely Kikkawa Motoharu (1530-1586), one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's generals, who was adopted into the family. Along with the Kobayakawa clan, the Kikkawa played an important role in Hideyoshi's Kyūshū Campaign (1586-7), and later became daimyo in Izumo province and Iwakuni after that.

Clan members of note[]

  • Kikkawa Tsuneie (d. 1581)
  • Kikkawa Motoharu (1530-1586) - General under Hideyoshi; died in Kyūshū Campaign
  • Kikkawa Motonaga (1547-1587) - Son of Motoharu
  • Kikkawa Hiroie (1561-1625) - Son of Motoharu; Daimyo of Izumo and later Iwakuni
  • Kikkawa Hiromasa - Son of Motoharu
  • Yoshikawa Koretari (1616-1694) - also known as Kikkawa Koretari; Shintō philosopher
  • Kikkawa Reika (1875-1929) - Yamato-e painter

References[]

  • Frederic, Louis (2002). "Japan Encyclopedia." Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • Turnbull, Stephen (1998). 'The Samurai Sourcebook'. London: Cassell & Co.

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