The Tsuchimochi clan existed for seven hundred years in Northern Hyuga. Tsuchimochi Chikanari, Wakasa no Kami, was noted Daimyo (warlord) and held Matsuo castle in Mimigawa, Kyushu.
became a retainer of Itô Yoshisuke. During the year of 1578, Chikanari, a
warrior of some ability, betrayed Ito Yoshisuke and joined the invading army of
the Shimazu clan. The Otomo campaigned to subdue Hyuga that same year. The first
resistance they encountered was that of Tsuchimochi Chikanari, lord of
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