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Fujishiro Gozen

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Fujishiro Gozen (藤代御前) was a Japanese woman from the Sengoku period. She lived in Mutsu province. When her husband died in battle against Tsugaru clan, she was young and had only one son. She became a female lord and defended her small castle called Fujishiro-kan (藤代館) to raise her son.[1]

The daimyō of Hirosaki Domain, Tsugaru Tamenobu, desired to make her one of his concubines thanks to her beauty, but she refused, since Tamenobu had killed her husband. However, Tamenobu refused to give up and sent in soldiers to try to take her by force, but she took up weapons together with her servants and fought back.

Fujishiro had already gone to war several times with Tamenobu, apparently she acted as ruler of an independent clan in the area belonging to the Tsugaru clan. When Tamenobu's troops marched to the door of Fujishiro Castle, she left armed with her allies, locked the castle with her family inside and went to fight Tamenobu. Due to Tsugaru's large number of troops, Fujishiro eventually died in battle.[2] Just before she died, she cursed the Tsugaru family for generations to come, and Tamenobu was so scared of this curse that it is believed he chose to build his own grave on top of hers.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "梟雄・津軽為信も、密かに「女」の怨念を恐れていた!?". shuchi.php.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  2. ^ 青森県中津軽郡藤代村郷土史 (in Japanese). 中村良之進. 1923.
  3. ^ Ravina, Mark, 1961- (1999). Land and lordship in early modern Japan. Stanford, Calif.: Standford University Press. ISBN 0804728984. OCLC 38168265.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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