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UESUGI Norimasa

UESUGI Norimasa was a Kanto Kanrei, official of the Muromachi Government who assisted Kamakura Kubo who governed the shugos in Eastern Japan. But later Kanto Kanrei became to control them instead. He was born in 1523 as a son of UESUGI Norifusa and took office in 1531 thanks to some rulers in Kanto region.

Though his authority influenced some daimyos, the Hojos invaded into his territory and fought against his army in the Siege of Kawagoe Castle. Then he was defeated by the army of ITAGAKI Nobukata and AMARI Torayasu both of whom served TAKEDA Harunobu (Shingen). Besides he was betrayed by some vassals and forced to escape to Echigo and he was protected by NAGAO Kagetora, later Uesugi Kenshin.

Though he was protected by Kagetora, his son Tatsuwakamaru was taken to Sagami by his vassals who betrayed him. And Tatsuwakamaru was executed by HOJO Ujiyasu. In 1561, Norimasa adopted Kagetora and then he succeeded Kanto Kanrei and called himself Uesugi Masatora. After that Norimasa became a priest and called himself Kotetsu.

Masatora (Kenshin) died in 1578 and a dispute over succession (Otate no ran, the Siege of Otate) broke out. He took the side of Kagetora (*), adopted son of Masatora but Kagekatsu, nephew of Masatora succeeded the Uesugi clan at last.  He is said to have killed or committed suicide after the dispute.

In this series, he is described as a proud and conservative man but lacks ruling power. He loves giving himself up to pleasure and enjoys the dance of prostitutes and drinks heavily even during the Siege of Kawagoe Castle. And he does not drop the habit in Echigo. When Kagetora becomes new Kanto Kanrei, he makes an inappropriate remark concerning his policy and is refused by him.

(*) Though being called Kagetora, he was a son of HOJO Ujiyasu and adopted by Masatora.

The image shows ICHIKAWA Sadanji as Uesugi Norimasa
(From the DVD series of "Furin Kazan")


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