Katō Yoshiaki

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Katō Yoshiaki (加藤 嘉明, 1563 October 7, 1631) was a Japanese daimyō of the late Sengoku period to early Edo period who served as lord of the Aizu Domain. A retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, he fought in the battle of Shizugatake in 1583, and soon became known as one of the shichi-hon-yari (七本槍), or Seven Spears of Shizugatake,[1]

Katō Yoshiaki's birthplace monument(Nishio, Aichi Prefecture
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Katō Yoshiaki
加藤 嘉明
Katō Yoshiaki
Lord of Aizu
In office
Preceded byGamō Tadasato
Succeeded byKatō Akinari
Personal details
DiedOctober 7, 1631(1631-10-07) (aged 67–68)
Military service
AllegianceToyotomi_mon.png Toyotomi clan
Mitsubaaoi.svg Eastern Army
Tokugawa_family_crest.svg Tokugawa shogunate
UnitJapanese_crest_Sagari_Fuji_of_Katou_Yosiaki.svg Katō clan
Battles/warsBattle of Shizugatake (1583)
Siege of Shimoda (1590)
Korean Campaign (1592-1598)
Battle of Sekigahara (1600)

Yoshiaki was one of Hideyoshi's seven most trusted and experienced generals. He was involved in the bitter naval battles at Siege of Shimoda in the Odawara Campaign (1590) and fought off the coast of southern Korean peninsula during the 1st and 2nd Korean Campaign, many of which went in favor of the Korean navy.

After Hideyoshi's death in 1598, Katō fought alongside Tokugawa Ieyasu. Following the important victory at Sekigahara in 1600, Tokugawa doubled Katō's fief from 100,000 koku to 200,000. For a time, he was lord of Aizu.