Shimazu Takahisa
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Shimazu Takahisa
Shimazu Takahisa
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Shimazu Takahisa
Native name
BornMay 28,1514
DiedJuly 15, 1571 (aged 57)
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Shimazu Takahisa ( , May 28, 1514 – July 15, 1571), the son of Shimazu Tadayoshi, was a daimy? during Japan's Sengoku period. He was the fifteenth head of the Shimazu clan.

In 1514, he is said to have been born in Izaku Castle.[1] On 1526, Takahisa was adopted as the successor to Shimazu Katsuhisa and became head of the clan. He launched a series of campaigns to reclaim three provinces: Satsuma, Osumi, and Hy?ga. While he made some progress, it would be up to the next generation in the Shimazu family to successfully reclaim them. He nurtured such future leaders like Shimazu Yoshihisa and his brothers Yoshihiro, Toshihisa and Iehisa who would, for a short time, see the Shimazu clan take over the entire island of Ky?sh?; he is also said to have a daughter of unknown name.

Takahisa actively promoted relationships with foreign people and countries. He was the first daimyo to bring Western firearms into Japan, following the shipwreck of a number of Portuguese on Tanegashima in 1543. In 1549, he welcomed St. Francis Xavier. He granted the Jesuit protection to spread Christianity in his domain, but later retracted his support of Christianity under pressure from local Buddhist monks.[2] Takahisa also held a diplomatic relationship with the Ry?ky? Kingdom.

In 1549, he used "Portuguese-derived" firearms to take Kajiki.[3]


  1. ^ " " (in Japanese). . Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Miki, Tamon: "The Influence of Western Culture on Japanese Art"; Monumenta Nipponica (19, 3/4) 1964 p. 380-401
  3. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. Cassell & Co. p. 212. ISBN 1854095234.
  • Frédéric, Louis (2002). Japan Encyclopedia. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.

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