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Chofu han

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  • Territory: based around Shimonoseki
  • Lords: Môri clan
  • Kokudaka: 50,000
  • Other Names: 長門府中藩 (Nagato Fuchû han)
  • Japanese: 長府藩 (Choufu han)

Nagato Fuchû han, often abbreviated to Chôfu han,[1] was a branch domain of Chôshû han. Ruled by a branch of the Môri clan, the domain was based in the city of Shimonoseki, and had a kokudaka of 50,000 koku. The lords of Chôfu were "castle-holder" (shiro-nushi or shiro-mochi) daimyô, and were assigned to the Yanagi-no-ma in Edo castle.

The Meiji period Nihonga pioneer Kanô Hôgai is among the notable figures originally from Chôfu; he was born and raised the son of Kanô Seikô, a court painter in the official service of the lords of Chôfu, and later succeeded his father to that position.[2]

References

  • Yamamoto Hirofumi, Sankin kôtai, Kodansha gendai shinsho (1998), 187.
  1. The Chô of Chôfu being the same as the Naga of Nagato.
  2. "Kanô Hôgai," Asahi Nihon rekishi jinbutsu jiten 朝日日本歴史人物事典, Asahi Shimbunsha.
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