Abe clan

Abe clan

The nihongo|Abe clan|安倍氏|Abe-shi was one of the oldest of the major Japanese clans ("uji"); and the clan retained its prominence during the Sengoku period and the Edo period.Meyer, Eva-Maria. [http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/geschichte-japans/manabu/shoshidai.htm "Gouverneure von Kyôto in der Edo-Zeit."] Universität Tübingen (in German).] The clan's origin is said to be one of the original clans of the Yamato people; they truly gained prominence during the Heian period (794-1185), and experienced a resurgence in the 18th century. Abe is also a very common Japanese surname in modern times, though not everyone with this name necessarily is descended from this clan.

Origins & History

According to the "Nihon Shoki", the Abe were descended from a son of Emperor Kōgen. [Asakawa, Kan'ichi. (1903). "The Early Institutional Life of Japan," p.140.] They originated in Iga province (today Mie prefecture); a number of families originally from this region, and bearing the Abe name, also claim descent from a legendary figure named Abi. Abi is said to have opposed Emperor Jimmu, the first legendary emperor of Japan, in his plans to conquer the Yamato plain. The various Abe families thus settled in the far north of Honshū, where they would become quite influential many centuries later in the Heian period. Though the clan name was originally written as 阿倍, it changed to 安倍 around the eighth century. Though this origin is not positive, it is likely.

This northern region, which would come to be known as the provinces of Mutsu and Dewa, was conquered by the Japanese sometime in the ninth century, and the native Ainu people there subjugated or displaced. While many provinces at this time were overseen primarily by a governor, Mutsu saw to the rise of independent families called "gozoku" who administered local affairs. The Abe were appointed as "Superintendent of the Aborigines" ostensibly to control the local people who by now were a mix of Japanese immigrants and former Emishi tribesmen on behalf of the central government, but in reality the government in Kyoto simply did not have control over the region, and was recognizing this fact by appointing the Abe. The Abe for their part used their position to take control over the so-called six districts "roku-oku-gun" located in what is now central Iwate prefecture surrounding the Kitakami river. In time, they began to have disputes with the governor of Mutsu, an office held by a branch of the Fujiwara family, which erupted into violence in 1051.

The main reason given for the attack on the Abe was that they stopped paying taxes to Kyoto, and stopped contributing to the local government. The governors of Mutsu and the commander of Dewa fort combined their forces to attack the Abe, but were defeated. Desperate to quell this affront to their authority Kyoto appointed Minamoto Yoriyoshi as "Chinjufu-shogun". The position known as "Chinjufu-shogun", or "Commander-in-chief of the Defense of the North", was traditionally given by the court as a temporary appointment to a courtier (typically of high rank) who was appointed as a national general to quell uprisings among the "Emishi" or "Ebisu" barbarians of northern Honshū. Increasingly, as military power became privatized this position was rotated among a few clans.

In what has come to be termed the "Earlier Nine Years' War" (前九年合戦, "Zenkunen kassen"), Abe Yoritoki was killed, and his son Abe no Sadato defeated, by Minamoto no Yoriyoshi and "his" son, Minamoto no Yoshiie. This war broke the power of the Abe family, but in the prolonged fighting that took place the Minamoto would not have prevailed had it not been for the aid of another powerful family, the Kiyowara. The Kiyohara family of nearby Dewa province, aided the Minamoto in defeating the Abe.

Other Abe families

Though many other major figures throughout history have been called Abe, it is difficult to know which were related to the Abe clan of Iga and Mutsu. Abe no Nakamaro, a major court noble of the eighth century, for example, was from the town of Abe, near Nara, and derived his family name thus.

A family by the name of Abe also proved significant during the Edo period, serving successively in the post of "Rōjū", or Elders, who advised the Tokugawa shogun. Again, it is difficult to determine whether or not this line was directly related to the much earlier Abe clan, but it is of an importance itself nevertheless. Abe Tadaaki was the first to serve as "Rōjū", holding the post from 1633-71. He was very likely a son or other direct relation to Abe Masatsugu (1569-1647) who served Tokugawa Ieyasu and fought under him at the decisive battle of Sekigahara. Other members of the Abe family would succeed Tadaaki to the post for much of the Edo period (1603-1867), ending with Abe Masahiro, who was chief of the Council of "Rōjū" at the time of the arrival of Commodore Perry.

Clan members of note

*Abe no Hirafu (c. 575-664), also known as Abe no Ōmi, one of the leading generals in the subjugation of the Ainu
*Abe no Yoritoki (d. 1057) - "chinjufu shogun" during the Zenkunen War
*Abe no Sadato (1019-62)
*Abe Masatsugu (1569-1647) - fought at Sekigahara, became a "fudai" daimyo under the Tokugawa
*Abe Tadaaki - first Abe clan member of the "Rōjū"
*Abe Masahiro - among the last of the "Rōjū", signed Treaty of Kanagawa



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