Honma clan


Homma (本間) is a Japanese clan.[1]

Home provinceSado
Parent houseYokoyama clan (purported)
Founding year12th century
Ruled until1589, defeat by Uesugi Kagekatsu
Cadet branchesHamochi-Homma
Homma Suketada, a young warrior who died in the Genkō War (1333). He was featured in Vol. 6 of the historical epic Taiheiki (太平記).

Honma Yoshihisa was appointed shugodai of Sado in 1185. The clan established its rule from Sawata. The clan gave birth to two new branches, the Hamochi-Honma and the Kawarada-Honma. Those two branches eventually prevailed over the head clan and opposed each other. Uesugi Kenshin, ruler of the Echigo Province at the time, settled the ongoing conflicts between Hamochi-Honma and Kawarada-Honma. His death sparked a new rows of hostilities between the two branches, but Uesugi Kagekatsu invaded Sado in 1589, putting an end to the ruling of the clan.


  1. ^ "Living Buddhism". 1999.