|Born||September 27, 1544|
|Died||July 6, 1579(aged 34)|
|Allegiance|| Sait? clan|
|Battles/wars||Siege of Inabayama Castle|
Battle of Anegawa
|Relations||Takenaka Shigetoshi (cousin)|
He initially served the Sait? clan of Mino Province, but later plotted an uprising and took over the Sait? clan's castle at Mount Inaba. He then directed the defense against the forces of Oda Nobunaga during the Siege of Inabayama Castle. Toyotomi Hideyoshi was so impressed by him that he invited Shigeharu to join his forces as a strategist. Shigeharu made many contributions to Hideyoshi with his exceptional talent in that field.
Takenaka Shigekado, Shigeharu's son and successor, continued to serve Hideyoshi after his father's death. At the Battle of Sekigahara, he fought on the side of Tokugawa Ieyasu, and his holdings at Bodaisan were secured. The Takenaka family thus became a family of hatamoto, and would soon move from their old castle of Bodaisan to the new Iwate Castle. The holdings of the Takenaka included Sekigahara Village.
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