Japan throughout its long history had a multitude of Clans (氏 – uji).
- Abe Clan * One of two families instated as leaders of the Ommyoryo.
- Ariwara Family * Name gvien to the children of deposed Prince Takaoka and Prince Abo.
- Date Clan * Clan founded by Isa Tomomune after being given Date Domain in Mutsu Province
- Emishi * Ancient group of people from the early parts of Japanese history. Subdued by Yamato Takeru.
- Fujiwara Clan * Came into being after Emperor Tenji changed the surname of Nakatomi no Kamatari to ‘Fujiwara.’
- Haji Clan * Family claiming descent from Amenohohi, creditted with the creation of the haniwa.
- Imbe Clan * Family claiming descent from the Shinto kami Ameno Futodama. One of three families tasked with overseeing the Jingikan.
- Kamo Clan * One of two families instated as leaders of the Ommyoryo.
- Kumaso * Ancient group of people from the early parts of Japanese History. Subdued by Yamato Takeru.
- Mononobe Clan * Made up the Imperial Guard. During the reign of Emperor Kinmei this family and the Nakatomi Clan opposed the adoption of Buddhism.
- Nakatomi Clan * The Hereditary Chief Custodians of Shinto and Rituals claiming descent from the Shinto kami Ameno Koyane.
- Sarume Clan * Family claiming descent from the Shinto kami Ameno Uzume.
- Soga Clan * Powerful family which put several Emperors onto the throne and who also promoted the acceptance of Buddhism. Destroyed in 645AD.
- Sugawara Clan * Descendants of the Haji Clan, established after a petition to change their name in 781.
- Takeda Clan * Prominent clan and military house during the Kamakura, Muromachi and Azuchi-Momoyama Periods, taking their name from Takeda in Kai Province.
- Urabe Clan * One of three families tasked with overseeing the Jingikan.
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