|Later H?j? clan|
|Parent house||Ise clan|
|Founder||H?j? S?un (posthumous)|
|Final ruler||H?j? Ujinao|
|Ruled until||1590, Siege of Odawara|
The history of the family is written in the H?j? Godaiki.
The clan is traditionally reckoned to be started by Ise Shinkur?, who came from a branch of the prestigious Ise clan, a family in the direct employment of the Ashikaga sh?guns. During the succession crisis in the 15th century, Shinkur? became associated with the Imagawa clan via the marriage of his sister to the Imagawa head, who led an army to Kyoto. Through this relationship Shinkur? quickly established a base of power in Kant?.
His son wanted his lineage to have a more illustrious name, and chose H?j?, after the line of regents of the Kamakura shogunate, to which his wife also belonged. So he became H?j? Ujitsuna, and his father, Ise Shinkur?, was posthumously renamed H?j? S?un.
The Late H?j?, sometimes known as the Odawara H?j? after their home castle of Odawara in Sagami Province, were not related to the earlier H?j? clan. Their power rivaled that of the Tokugawa clan, but eventually Toyotomi Hideyoshi eradicated the power of the H?j? in the Siege of Odawara (1590), banishing H?j? Ujinao and his wife Toku Hime (a daughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu) to Mount K?ya, where Ujinao died in 1591.
The heads of the Late H?j? clan were:
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