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Hōjō
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Historical Information
Located at: Odawara, Kanagawa (Sagami Province)
Crest(s)/Banner(s): Three scales (pictured)
Ujiyasu's standard: five lucky colors (red, yellow, blue, white, black)
Talent(s): Fortified defenses
Vast territory
Bountiful wealth
Major Figure(s): Sōun, Tsunashige, Ujiyasu, Ujimasa

The Hōjō clan or the Late Hōjō clan (後北条氏, Go-Hōjōshi) was a large clan that traces its lineage back to the 16th century. One of their distant relatives includes the Fukushima family. The Samurai Warriors series distinguishes them with the color black.

The clan's founder was Ise Shinkurō (posthumously Hojo Sōun) who claimed the clan's foundations from the rest of the Ise clan. His son established the Hojo name and gained influence with the Kamakura shogunate through political marriage. Their fortune and political power quickly earned them allies and made them targets of many would-be conquerors. At their prime, they had seventeen clans serving them and 476 vassals at their disposal.

Their main code of arms is based on a tale found in the Taiheiki. When Benzaiten of Enoshima was praying for the prosperity of her descendants, the beautiful woman's prayers were answered by the arrival of a large snake. The serpent left three of its scales and disappeared. It is said that Benzaiten was pleased with her gift and took the scales.

Clan Heads

  1. Sōun
  2. Ujitsuna
  3. Ujiyasu
  4. Ujimasa
  5. Ujinao

Other Figures

  • Ujitoki - Sōun's second son.
  • Gen'an (Nagatsuna) - Sōun's third son.
  • Katsurayama Ujihiro - Sōun's fourth son.
  • Tamemasa - Ujitsuna's third son, Tsunashige's adoptive father.
  • Ujita - Ujitsuna's fourth son.
  • Tsunataka - Ujitsuna's adopted son.
  • Shinkuro - Ujiyasu's first son, died in his youth.
  • Ujiteru - Ujiyasu's third son, adopted by Ōishi Sadahisa and renamed Oishi Genzō.
  • Ujikuni - Ujiyasu's fourth son, adopted by Fujita Shigetoshi and renamed Fujita Ujikuni.
  • Ujinori - Ujiyasu's fifth son, spent his childhood as a political hostage at Sunpu castle by Imagawa Yoshimoto alongside Tokugawa Ieyasu.
  • Ujitada - Ujiyasu's sixth son, originally Ujita's son before Ujiyasu adopted him, followed by his adoption by Sano Munetsuna and renaming to Sano Ujitada.
  • Saburō - Ujiyasu's seventh son, orignally a hostage to the Uesugi, he was eventually adopted and renamed Uesugi Kagetora by Kenshin.
  • Ujimitsu - Ujiyasu's eighth son, another son adopted by Ujiyasu from Ujita.
  • Ujitaka
  • Tsunashige (Tsunanari) - Tamemasa's adopted son, Ujiyasu's nephew.
  • Tsunafusa (Kushima Katsuhiro; speculative) - Tsunashige's brother.
  • Ujishige - Tsunashige's son.
  • Katsuchiyo (Ōta Gengorō) - Ujimasa's second son, real name is uncertain.
  • Ujifusa - Ujimasa's third son, eventually changed clan name to Ōta Ujifusa.
  • Chiba Naoshige - Ujimasa's fourth son, originally adopted by Ujiteru, but later adopted again by Chiba Kunitane.
  • Naosada - Ujimasa's fifth son.
  • Shigehiro

Ladies

  • Yōshūin - Ujiyasu's mother
  • Suikeiin - Imagawa Ujichika's daughter, Ujiyasu's only known spouse with a name
  • Hōjō Fujin - Ujiyasu's eldest daughter, Takeda Katsuyori's second wife
  • Jōkōin - Ujiyasu's second daughter, Ashikaga Yoshiuji's wife
  • Nanakuma-dono - Ujiyasu's third daughter, Ujishige's wife
  • Nagarinin - Ujiyasu's fourth daughter, Ōta Ujisuke's wife
  • Hayakawa-dono - Ujiyasu's fifth daughter, Imagawa Ujizane's wife. Also argued to be his eldest daughter, but this has not been historically verified.
  • Ozaki-dono - Ujiyasu's sixth daughter, Chiba Chikatane's wife
  • Shitokuin - Ujiyasu's seventh daughter, Ogasawara Yasuhiro's wife
  • Kikuhime (Tsuruhime) - Ujiyasu's eighth daughter, Satomi Yoshiyori's second wife, Chiba Toshitane's wife
  • Ōbaiin (Kōbaiin) - Takeda Shingen's eldest daughter, Ujimasa's wife
  • Hōshōin - Ujimasa's second wife
  • Tokuhime - Tokugawa Ieyasu's second daughter, Ujinao's wife

Major Vassals

Hōjō's Colored Banner Commanders

Hōjō's Colored Banner Commanders (北条五色備, Hōjō Goshokubi) were five officers Ujiyasu appointed to command the different province forces under control of the Hōjō. He marked each of them with a different colored banner.

Other Vassals

  • Andō Yoshinari/Andō Ryōsei
  • Ashikaga Yoshiuji
  • Chiba Naotane
  • Chiba Naoshige
  • Daidōji Masashige
  • Daidōji Morimasa
  • Daidōji Naotsugu
  • Daidōji Shigetoki
  • Date Fusazane
  • Fukushima Benchiyo
  • Fūma Kotarō
  • Fujita Yasukuni
  • Haga Yasutada
  • Haga Ujitsugu
  • Inomada Kuninori/Inomada Norinao
  • Ise Sadakazu
  • Ise Sadatoki
  • Ishimaki Iesada
  • Ishimaki Yasumasa
  • Ishimaki Yasumori
  • Itabeoka Kōsetsusai
  • Itō Masayo
  • Kajiwara Kagemune
  • Kamata Shigetake
  • Kando Tsunahide
  • Kanō Yasumitsu
  • Kasahara Nobuyuki
  • Kasahara Tsunanobu
  • Kiso Yoshimasa
  • Kuwashima Ujitoki
  • Mamiya Nobuyoshi
  • Mamiya Shinji
  • Mamiya Tsunanobu
  • Mamiya Yasutoshi
  • Matsuda Morihide
  • Matsuda Naohide
  • Matsuda Norihide
  • Matsuda Yasunaga
  • Matsuda Yasusato
  • Mishuku Masatomo
  • Naitō Tsunahide
  • Narita Nagayasu
  • Narita Ujinaga
  • Ninokuruwa Isuke
  • Ofugi Hidenobu
  • Ofugi Masanobu
  • Ogasawara Mototsugu
  • Ogasawara Nagafusa
  • Ogasawara Yasuhiro
  • Ōishi Sadahisa
  • Ōta Suketaka
  • Ōta Yasusuke
  • Ōtani Tatewaki
  • Raifukuji Sakyō
  • Satomi Yoshiyori
  • Shikaoka Masakage
  • Shimizu Masakatsu
  • Shimizu Yasuhide
  • Suzuki Shigemune
  • Suzuki Shigeru
  • Suzuki Shigesada
  • Tōyama Masakage
  • Tōyama Naokage
  • Tōyama Tomomasa
  • Tōyama Tsunakage
  • Tōyama Yasumitsu
  • Udagawa Kibei
  • Ueda Tomonao
  • Yamakado Sadakatsu
  • Yamakado Yasusada
  • Yoda Daizen
  • Yura Narishige

Retainer Families

Goyuishorokke

Six clans who supported the Hōjō from the beginning with Sōun. They numbered among his first retainers. An old legend claims Sōun and six other men, each representing one of the clans, made an oath over a fountain to become the other's vassals should any of them become a Daimyo.

  • Daidoji
  • Tame
  • Araki
  • Yamanaka
  • Arakawa
  • Aritake
  • Matsuda*

*Old Records of the Odawara adds the Matsuda as a seventh clan, changing the name to Goyuishoke

Other Families

  • Tamanawa Hojo branch
  • Okano
  • Hara (lower branch)
  • Nakayama
  • Ōishi
  • Narita
  • Toyama
  • Kajiwara
  • Ueda
  • Uno
  • Tominaga
  • Mishuku
  • Kasahara
  • Kaiho
  • Fuma

Major Castles

Other Castles

Separated by province name.

Sagami
Tamanawa Castle, Kawamura Castle, Misaki Castle, Ukui Castle
Izu
Yamanaka Castle
Musashi
Edo Castle, Takiyama Castle, Hachiōji Castle, Hachigata Castle, Iwatsuki Castle, Kawagoe Castle, Tenjinyama Castle, Matsuyama Castle, Oshi Castle, Kozukue Castle
Ueno
Usui Castle, Hirai Castle
Shimofusa
Sekiyado Castle

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