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The Azai clan (浅井氏 or 淺井氏), also romanticized as the Asai clan, was an influential and poweful clan during the Warring States period in Japan The Fourth Head of the Clan Nagamasa Azai was one of the Three Major Damiyo. "Azai" is the common reading for the family name based on its form in contemporary kanji (浅井). "Asai" is said to be closer to the traditional and archaic script it was originally recorded under (淺井). It is currently argued that "Asai" is the correct pronunciation, but it's still unknown if this is actually the case. In the Samurai Warriors series, the clan is represented by the color cyan.

They were known to have a thoroughly disciplined military and were considered to be upper to middle class lords of their time. It is believed that they were originally middle class vassals of the Kyōgoku family before they branched off. Their origins possibly date back to the Fujiwara clan, specifically the Kan-inryu division. This division is also the known root for the ancient Sanjouke, Saionji and Taokudaiji families.They eventually grow into Powerful Clan during Naonobu and Nagamasa Time ruling Major Part of Japan during the Sengoku and Sanichizoku Period and the Fourth Head of the Azai was one of the Three Major Damiyo

The kikkō is a hexagon pattern that has divine and fortuitous connotations. Believed to have originated from the Izumo Grand Shrine, it represents the durability of a turtle and the combination of six wishes. Usually a kikkō has something within the center which, in this case, is a hanabishi, a crest believed to have originated from the Heian period. Hanabishi generally don't have a meaning and were made popular due to the beautiful balance the design creates. They are usually used as a decoration for the upper class. The particular set of hanabishi used for the Azai crest is the four leafed water caltrop flower, commonly believed in Japan to originate from China. As a symbol of their alliance, the hanabishi were arranged in a similar pattern as the Asakura crest.

Clan HeadsEdit

  1. Sukemasa
  2. Hisamasa
  3. Naonobu
  4. Nagamasa
  5. Masanari

Other FiguresEdit

  • Takamasa Azai - Sukemasa's second son
  • Masahiro Azai- Sukemasa's third son
  • Hidemasa Azai - Sukemasa's fourth son
  • Taya Akimasa - Sukemasa's mukoyōshi
  • Masamoto Azai - Hisamasa's second son, said to have taken care of finances, 
  • Masayuki Azai - Hisamasa's third son, died during the Battle of Anegawa
  • Harumasa Azai (Daimonja Shinjuro; speculative) - Hisamasa's fourth son, 
  • Masashige Azai - Nagamasa's second son, 
  • Nagatada Azai - Nagamasa's third son (with Yasei no Kata), fled from Nobunaga's army and was last heard to have been seen in Owari
  • Shigemasa Azai - Nagamasa's fourth son
  • Iyori (Masanobu, Seiken, Masaharu; speculative) - real parents unknown, he is speculated to have possibly been Nagamasa's illegitimate son or Inori's son (different branch within the Azai family). Served Toyotomi Hideyasu and Ikoma Kazumasa, fought in the Battle of Sekigahara and the Siege of Osaka. He demonstrated great bravery in the latter conflict. Said to be the basis for one of the Sanada Ten Braves.

LadiesEdit

Three Azai SistersEdit

The Three Azai Sisters (浅井三姉妹, Azai Sanshimai) is a contemporary term used to describe Nagamasa and Oichi's three surviving daughters. These maidens were entrusted to Hideyoshi after their mother's death. Each woman was famous for being sent to different daimyo.

  • Chacha - Married to Yoshishige Uzumaki as a Political Marriage.
  • Hatsu - married her relative, Kyōgoku Takatsugu. Nagamasa's older sister, Kyōgoku Maria, was married to Takatsugu's father, Takayoshi.
  • Oeyo - Tokugawa Hidetada's concubine and second wife who gave birth to Senhime..

Other MaidensEdit

  • Kuraya - Sukemasa's cousin and wife
  • Chōan - Sukemasa's concubine, Hisamasa's mother
  • Seishōin (Tsuruchiyo) - Sukemasa's daughter, Taya Akimasa's wife
  • Aeba no Tsubone - Sukemasa's granddaughter, Chacha's wetnurse and maid
  • Kaizu no Tsubone - Sukemasa's granddaughter, maid of Chacha and Senhime
  • Ōmi no Kata - Sukemasa's daughter, Saitō Yoshitatsu's wife
  • Shōankekyu-ni (Akuhime) - Hisamasa's eldest daughter
  • Kyōgoku Maria - Hisamasa's daughter, Kyōgoku Takayoshi's wife.
  • Ono-dono - Hisamasa's wife, Nagamasa's mother
  • Oichi no Kata - Nagamasa's wife, Nobunaga's younger sister
  • Hirai Sadatake's sister - Nagamasa's other wife
  • Yasei no Kata - Nagamasa's concubine
  • Azai Kusu - Nagamasa's illegitimate daughter (mother is debated but not certain), Kyōgoku Tatsuko's maid

RetainerEdit

The Five Azai GeneralEdit

  • Kazumasa Isono
  • Taketora Todo
  • Keijun Miyabe
  • Tsunachika Kaiho
  • Naotsune Endo

GeneralEdit

  • Akao Kiyotsuna
  • Geni Naegi
  • Kaiho Tsunachika
  • Amenomori Kiyosada
  • Endo Naotsune
  • Isono Kazumasa
  • Atsuji Sadayuki
  • Miyabe Keijun
  • Shinjo Naoyori
  • Ogawa Suketada
  • Tōdō Takatora
  • Nomura Naotaka
  • Iguchi Tsunechika
  • Ōnogi Hidetoshi
  • Mitamura Kunisada
  • Anyouji Ujitane
  • Azami Tousei
  • Yuge Iezumi
  • Wakisaka Hidekatsu
  • Nakajima Naochika
  • Katagiri Naosada
  • Hori Hidemura
  • Date Shigezane
  • Oniniwa Tsunamoto
  • Kaneshige Hozuki
  • Shigenobu Nakamura 
  • Nagatada Minazuki
  • Masashige Inuzuka
  • Yoshitsugu Otani
  • Magoichi Saika
  • Sadayu Suzuki
  • Shigehide Suzuki
  • Shigetomo Suzuki
  • Rusu Masakage
  • Nakano Munetoki
  • Oniniwa Yoshinao
  • Endō Munenobu
  • Katakura Shigenaga
  • Koori Sadanaga
  • Yashiro Kageyori
  • Shiroishi Munezane
  • Hasekura Tsunenaga
  • Harada Munetoki
  • Sakurada Motochika
  • Goto Nobuyasu
  • Kakeda Toshimune
  • Koyanagawa Munetomo
  • Koyanagawa Munehide
  • Koyanagawa Morimune
  • Makino Hisanaka
  • Ishikawa Akimitsu
  • Rusu Munetoshi/Date Munetoshi
  • Misawa Munenao
  • Ishikawa Munehiro
  • Harada Munesuke
  • Shibata Tomooki
  • Furuuchi Yoshiyuki
  • Ishida Takajun/Ishida Shougen
  • Izumida Shigemitsu
  • Tsuda Tageyasu
  • Suzuki Motonobu
  • Watari Tomomune
  • Watari Shigemune
  • Yamaoka Shigenaga
  • Gokubun Morishige
  • Inawa Shirokuni
  • Ōuchi Sadatsuna
  • Hamada Kagetaka
  • Kawamura Shigeyoshi
  • Suzuki Magoroku
  • Umedo Sanehide
  • Satake Yoshimasa (Satake Iganokami)
  • Minamoto Hyōbu
  • Matsuda Genzō
  • Kojima Yoshitsugu (Kitsunejima Yoshitsugu)
  • Watanabe Tōzaemon
  • Kurimura Saburō
  • Tsuchihashi Shigetaka
  • Tsuchihashi Morishige (Tsuchihashi Wakatayū)
  • Tsuchihashi Shigeharu
  • Tsuchihashi Shigeoki
  • Minato Takahide
  • Sakai Yoshirō
  • Oku Shigemasa
  • Oku Yoshimasa
  • Seki Gamon
  • Matoba Masanaga (Matoba Genshirō)

PoliticianEdit

  • Masamune Date
  • Terumune Date
  • Yukinaga Shiba
  • Sakon Shima
  • Yoshiaki Mogami
  • Yoshikage Asakura
  • Takatsugu Kyogoku

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