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Historical Information
Located at: Ōmi Province (Harima Province for Yoshitaka's branch)
Uesugi (though presumably short lived)
Crest(s)/Banner(s): Kuroda version of the wisteria tomoe (pictured)
Black mochi
Talent(s): Warrior clan
Major Figure(s): Yoshitaka, Nagamasa, Nagahiro

The Kuroda clan (黒田氏) was a powerful clan from the Warring States period that continues to exist today.

The clan's origins are said to stem from a descendant of the Sasaki clan during the Kamakura period. Naming himself after the city he governed, the family experienced a split with his descendants. The most well known branch is the Harima-Kuroda, housing generals that served the Three Unifiers during the Warring States period. Yoshitaka and Nagamasa's accomplishments set the foundations for the clan's future and is the branch that remains today.

There are also records of a Kuroda family member from an undetermined branch who served Uesugi Kenshin's brother, Harukage, but he was killed in 1546. There are no other known mentions of the Kuroda in the Uesugi's history.

Their clan's crest is thought to have originated from a personal episode in Yoshitaka's life. In 1576 or 1578, Yoshitaka was held hostage for over a year in a dungeon. Left in damp surroundings and his health greatly deteriorating, he was able to endure the imprisonment due to the wisteria flowers growing near his cell. When he was released, he decided to use the flower as a part of his family crest to inspire himself and his men. The crest's design was said to be based on the Kodera clan crest since they once treated him kindly in the past. When the Kodera family fell, Yoshitaka cared for any ailing family members and offered service to the willing family retainers. It is also said that he created the crest to share it with his comrade, Shigeharu.

Clan Heads[]

This list only includes the branch with Yoshitaka's origins and descendants.

  1. Takamasa
  2. Shigetaka
  3. Mototaka
  4. Yoshitaka (Kanbei, Josui)
  5. Nagamasa
  6. Tadayuki
  7. Mitsuyuki
  8. Tsunamasa
  9. Nobumasa
  10. Tsugutaka
  11. Haruyuki
  12. Harutaka
  13. Naritaka
  14. Narikiyo
  15. Nagahiro
  16. Nagatomo
  17. Nagamichi
  18. Nagahisa (November 26, 1916 ~ February 26, 2009)
  19. Nagataka (present); technically counted as the sixteenth head of the Kuroda family

Other Figures[]

  • Yoshiyuki
  • Naganobu
  • Nagakata
  • Hidetada
  • Naokuni
  • Nagaoki
  • Nagashige
  • Oda Nobutami
  • Matsudaira Tadataka


  • Kushihashiteru - Yoshitaka's wife.
  • Ito-in - Nagamasa's wife. Hideyoshi's adopted daughter.
  • Kikuko - Nagamasa's and Ito-in's eldest daughter.
  • Toku - Nagamasa's and Ito-in's second daughter.
  • Kameko - Nagamasa's and Ito-in's third daughter.
  • Chikushishi - Nagamasa's concubine.

Major Vassals[]

Eight Tigers of Kuroda[]

The Eight Tigers of Kuroda (黒田八虎, Kuroda Hakko) were eight talented generals who were valued by Yoshitaka.

  1. Inoue Yukifusa
  2. Kuriyama Toshiyasu
  3. Kuroda Kazushige
  4. Kuroda Toshitaka
  5. Kuroda Toshinori
  6. Kuroda Naoyuki
  7. Gotō Mototsugu
  8. Mori Tomonobu (Mori Tahei)

Twenty-Four Riders of Kuroda[]

The Twenty-Four Riders of Kuroda (黒田二十四騎, Kuroda Nijūyonki) were men that Yoshitaka personally commended to be great after the Battle of Shizugatake. Eight of these men were then chosen as the Eight Tigers.

  1. Inoue Yukifusa
  2. Ogawa Nobuaki
  3. Kan Masatoshi
  4. Kinugasa Kagenobu
  5. Kiriyama Nobuyuki
  6. Hisano Shigekatsu
  7. Kuroda Kazushige
  8. Kuriyama Toshiyasu
  9. Kuroda Toshitaka
  10. Kuroda Toshinori
  11. Kuroda Naoyuki
  12. Keya Takehisa
  13. Gotō Mototsugu
  14. Takemori Tsugusada
  15. Noguchi Kazunari
  16. Nomura Sukekatsu
  17. Hayashi Naotoshi
  18. Hara Taneyoshi
  19. Hori Masakazu
  20. Masuda Munekiyo
  21. Miyake Iemochi
  22. Murata Yoshitsugu
  23. Mori Tomonobu
  24. Yoshida Nagatoshi

Other Vassals[]

  • Ohiko Saemon
  • Onoe Sakyōnosuke
  • Onoe Tōdayū
  • Kamiyoshi Kosuke
  • Kuroda Rokurōemon
  • Mori Tahei
  • Mori Utanosuke
  • Matsumoto Noto
  • Nagai Hachirōemon
  • Tezuka Mitsushige
  • Kimura Sukeemon

Kuroda Bushi[]

The Kuroda Bushi (黒田節) is a traditional folk song from Kyushu. It was originally called the Chikuzen Imayō due to its characteristic rhythm for the province. The song, while it focuses a great deal on indulging in wine, describes a warrior being rewarded for his hard labor with a spear from his master. The famous Kuroda vassal, Mori Tahei, sang the song while at Fukushima Masanori's residence, which gave birth to the title the song is mainly known as today. During the second World War, it was briefly retitled as Kuroda Bushi as a form of inspiring war propaganda. The song's title was changed back to its original harmonious roots during the 1950s.

There are many variations based on the performers' preferences, but a stage performance of the song and dance can be seen here.

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