Takeda Katsuyori

Takeda Katsuyori

Takeda Katsuyori

Takeda Katsuyori (武田 勝頼), also known as Takeda Shirō, was a daimyo and member of the Kai branch of the Takeda Clan.12 As daimyo he ruled over the Kai, Shinano, Suruga and Kōzuke Provinces, and he was descended from a long line of shugo of Kai Priovince since the Kamakura Period.1

After the death of his father Shingen he tried to continue his work to expand their territory1, however, he was not an effective or popular administrator.2

Invading the Province of Mikawa he went against Tokugawa Ieyasu,2 however here he was routed by Ieyasu and Nobunaga at the Battle of Nagashino in 1581.12

His allies turned to side with Nobunaga in 1582 who then launched an attack into Takeda territory causing him to flee and eventually he committed suicide2 April 3rd 1582.1

His death marked the end of the Takeda Clan.1


1. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
2. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.

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