Hojo Koresada (北条維貞)

Koresada HOJO is from a family of the Hojo clan in the late Kamakura period. His father Munenobu HOJO is from the Osaragi line of the Hojo clan. He served in the posts such as a Rokuhara Tandai Minamikata and Rensho (assistant to regents).


He was born in 1285 as a son of Munenobu HOJO (who later became the 11th regent). However there is a different opinion on the year of his birth.

He was assigned to a Hikitsukeshu (Coadjutor of the High Court) on August 19, 1304. Since then he advanced his careers such as Kozamurai bugyo (magistrate to guard Shogun in attendance), Hyojoshu (a member of Council of State) and Hikitsukegashira (head of Hikitsukeshu, a judicial organ). He was assigned as a Rokuhara Tandai Minamikata in 1315 to make efforts in cracking down on rebels in Saigoku (western part of Japan (especially Kyushu, but ranging as far east as Kinki)) and Kinai region (provinces surrounding Kyoto and Nara). However, he was ordered to resign the Tandai post and return to Kamakura, and while he was turning over his job to Sadayuki HOJO, the Emperor Godaigo group caused Shochu Disturbance in September. He returned to the position as a Hyojoshu on November 25 after the disturbance.

He became a Rensho on June 3, 1326 and supported Moritoki HOJO, the 16th regent. However, this relocation is believed as a part of the pacific plans for Karyaku no seihen (Koryaku Coup) that happened in the same year, which was made by a group of Takasuke NAGASAKI who was leading the shogunate government as an Uchi-Kanrei (head of Tokuso Family) to make use of Koresada. Before long he fell ill, and died on September 30, 1327 after becoming a priest. Died at 43.

He was a man of culture with an excellent talent in Waka (a traditional Japanese poem of thirty-one syllables), and his work is included in Gyokuyo Wakashu (Jeweled Leaves Collection).

Chronological list of the main events

Date according to old lunar calendar
July 15, 1301: Shikibu shojo (Junior Secretary of the Ministry of Ceremonial)
August 20: Jugoinoge (Junior Fifth Rank, Lower Grade)

May 18, 1303: Umanosuke (deputy minister of the institution for the horse care)
July 10, 1304: Hikitsukeshu
May 6, 1305: Kozamurai bugyo
August 4, 1306: Hyojoshu
December 6, 1307: Hikitsukegashira
July 19, 1308: Jugoinojo (Junior Fifth Rank, Upper Grade)
Leap month March 25, 1314: Shogoinoge (Senior Fifth Rank, Lower Grade)
October 21: Mutsu no kami (the governor of Mutsu Province)

1315: Became a Rokuhara Tandai Minamikata
1324: Resigned as a Rokuhara Tandai Minamikata
October 30: Hyojoshu

April 24, 1326: Became a Rensho

July, 1327: Jushiinoge (Junior Fourth Rank, Lower Grade) and Ossobugyo (temporary positions in charge of retrials and accepting appeals in Kamakura bakufu)
Later became a Shuri no daibu (Master of the Office of Palace Repairs). Died on September 7 at the age of 43.

[Original Japanese]