Higuchi Nobuyasu (樋口信康)

Nobuyasu HIGUCHI (December 31, 1623 – July 16, 1691) was a court noble of the early Edo period. He was the second head of the Higuchi family which originated from the Takakura line of the Northern House of the Fujiwara clan. His father was Nobutaka HIGUCHI. His mother was a daughter of Kanekatsu HIROHASHI. His lawful wife was his cousin and a daughter of Yasutane HORIKAWA. Among his brothers and sisters, Nobuyoshi CHUJO, Nobuhisa CHUJO (Shinsai), Ume who served Iemitsu TOKUGAWA as Joro (high rank female housekeeper in the inner Edo-jo Castle), Seiunin, and Kadenokoji (Shojuin) who became a concubine of Mitsutomo TOKUGAWA, are known. Among his children, Yasumasa HIGUCHI (the third head of the Higuchi family), Yasumoto HIGUCHI (the fourth head), Yasumitsu CHUJO who became Izu no kami (Governor of Izu Province) and served the Tokugawa family of Owari Province, Yasuhiro HIGUCHI (Nagayasu HIGUCHI, the fifth head), a daughter who became the wife of Shigenaga SUZUKI, a daughter who became the wife of Tadakatsu MATSUDAIRA, Osa who became the wife of MATSUDAIRA Zusho no kami, Ritsu who became the wife of Masatatsu TAKEKOSHI (the third son of Masanobu TAKEKOSHI), a daughter who became the wife of Yorishige HAMURO, and a daughter who was adopted into Nishihonganji and became the wife of Kimio ANO, are known. He served as Junii Chunagon (vice-councilor of state at junior second rank).

He had served at Konoefu (the headquarters of the inner palace guards), and in 1684 he was promoted to Sangi (councilor), in 1687, became Chunagon (vice-councilor of state). On July 16, 1691, he died at the age of 69. His posthumous Buddhist name was Sugonin-gakuyo-kanzan.

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