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Ibaraki-ken (茨城県)

A prefecture in the south-central (Kantou) region on Honshuu Island; also contains a town with the same name.

Ibaraki-machi (茨城町)

A town in Ibaraki Prefecture with many surrounding golf courses.

Ichinose (一ノ瀬)

A student at Fukashi Junior High School one year older than Takaya, who fawns over Mitsui and resents the fact that Takaya was allowed to join his gang while he was not. Friends with Yokomori.

Iga-no-kuni (伊賀国)

A small mountain-ringed province located on the main island of Honshuu famous for its clan of ninja. It is considered one of the birthplaces of the ninja arts, and was at one time a kind of republic which lived outside of feudal rule. However, Oda Nobunaga invaded the province with an overwhelming force of 40,000 - 60,000 troops in 1581, two years after a failed invasion by his son Oda Nobukatsu, ruthlessly slaughtering many of its inhabitants, thus putting an end to the independence of the Iga Republic.


The seed syllable of Śakra, Lord of the Devas, as well as the God of Thunder.

Ijimino Nobumune (五十公野信宗)
? - 1587

Also known as: 長沢義風, 三条道如斎, 五十公野道如斎信宗

Master of Ijimino Castle, he married the younger sister of Shibata Nagaatsu and Shibata Shigeie. He was originally the page of Nagasawa Mitsukuni but came to the attention of Uesugi Kenshin in the capture of Noto and served the Uesugi Clan thereafter as the town magistrate for Sanjou in Echigo.

Nobumune supported Uesugi Kagekatsu in the Otate no Ran after Kenshin's death. Along with his brothers-in-law of the Shibata Clan, he assaulted Kaji Hidetsuna's Kaji Castle and Kanamari Chikatsuna's Sanjou Castle. At Shibata Nagaatsu's sudden death, Shibata Shigeie became the head of the Shibata Clan, and Nobumune became the head of the Ijimino Clan.

He supported his brother-in-law in the Shibata Shigeie Rebellion and turned against Kagekatsu. In October of 1587, during the siege of Ijimino Castle by Naoe Kanetsugu and Fujita Nobuyoshi, etc., he was betrayed by his vassals. The castle fell, and Nobumune was killed.

Ikebukuro-eki (池袋駅)

Ikebukuro Station is a train station located in the Ikebukuro district of Toshima, Tokyo, and is the second-busiest train station in the world after Shinjuku Station. It opened in 1903 and serves 8 rail lines and subways.

Ikkou-ikki (一向一揆)

Lit.: "Single-minded Revolt", largely disorganized mobs of peasant farmers, monks, Shinto priests and local nobles who rose up against samurai rule in the 15th and 16th centuries following the ideologies of the Ikkou School. Rennyo, the head abbot of the True Pure Lands School at Hongan Temple might be called their nominal leader, but the revolt continued after his death in 1499. Kennyo, who became head abbot of Hongan Temple in 1554, led the Ikkou Sect and directed the Ikkou-ikki in the late 1500s.

Ikkou-shuu (一向宗)

Lit.: "One-minded School/Sect", a small, militant, antinomian offshoot of True Pure Land Buddhism founded by 13th-century monk Ikkou Shunjou. Its ideologies provided the basis for a wave of uprisings against feudal rule in the late 15th and 16th centuries, such as the Ikkou-ikki revolts. Oda Nobunaga eventually destroyed the sect's two large temple-fortresses, Nagashima and Ishiyama Hongan Temple and slaughtered most of its sectarians in those areas. Tokugawa Ieyasu defeated the followers of the sect in Mikawa in 1564 in the Battle of Azukizaka. The last of the Ikkou sect fought alongside Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 1580s.

Imagawa Yoshimoto (今川義元)
1519 - 1560

Titles: Mikawa no Kami, Suruga no Kami

Historically: The warlord of Suruga who invaded the Houjou of Sagami and the Oda of Owari. Later, allied with the Houjou and Takeda clans, he brought about the golden days of the Imagawa clan. In 1560 he marched on Kyoto with 27,000 men but was defeated by Oda Nobunaga in the battle of Okehazama and killed. The Imagawa clan fell apart and lost all of its holdings to the Takeda and Tokugawa clans.

Inaba Ittetsu (稲葉一鉄)
1515 - 1588

Also known as: Inaba Yoshimichi (稲葉良通)
Titles: Iyo no Kami

Ittetsu was one of three senior retainers of the Saitou daimyo of Mino but joined Oda Nobunaga around 1561. He later transferred his loyalties to Toyotomi Hideyoshi following Nobunaga's death. His son, Inaba Masanari, also served Hideyoshi.

Inaba Masanari (稲葉正成)
1571 - 1628

Also known as: Inaba Masashige

A vassal of Tokugawa Ieyasu who also served Toyotomi Hideyoshi like his father, Inaba Ittetsu.

Inagawa Junji (稲川淳二)
Aug. 21, 1947

Also known as: Inagawa Yoshihiko (稲川良彦), Jun-chan

Inagawa Junji is a late-night radio broadcaster, TV reporter and actor, and is known for his popular broadcast featuring ghost stories.

Irobe Katsunaga (色部勝長)
1493? - 1569

Historically: In the Sengoku era, he served three generations of the Nagao Clan: Nagao Tamekage, Nagao Harukage, and Uesugi Kenshin and was master of Hirabayashi Castle. He was one of Kenshin's most respected generals and Kenshin's military chief of staff. He was killed at the siege of the rebellious Honjou Shigenaga's castle.

In Mirage of Blaze: One of the Yasha-shuu under Uesugi Kagetora's command. He is the only one out of the five Yasha-shuu who survives the battle with Oda Nobunaga thirty years before the start of Volume 1, and carries on the mission alone while the others are reborn. He is a baby when Naoe finds Kagetora again thirty years later, having only performed kanshou two years previously.

Irobe Nagazane (色部長実)
1553 - 1592

Son of one of Uesugi Kenshin's chief vassals, Irobe Katsunaga, master of Hirabayashi Castle. His elder brother Irobe Akinaga became head of the Irobe Clan after their father's death, but due to poor health turned the position over to Nagazane. He became head of the clan in 1576 and served Kenshin in his turn.

After Kenshin's death, he supported Uesugi Kagekatsu in the Otate no Ran and afterwards became one of Kagekatsu's vassals.

He died of illness in Kyoto while enroute to Nagoya Castle by Kagekatsu's command at the start of the Imjin War.

Iroha-zaka (いろは坂)

Iroha Hill Road is a Japanese national highway (no. 120) which connects Nikkou's Umagae district to the banks of Lake Chuuzenji. The road, actually consisting of two one-way paths, is famous for its hairpin curves. Iroha Hill One, which goes from Lake Chuuzenji to Umagae, contains 28 curves, while Iroha Hill Two, going in the opposite direction, contains 20 curves. Iroha Hill One was established in 1954, Iroha Hill Two in 1965.

The name "Iroha" comes from the poem of the same name which uses each character of the Japanese hiragana exactly once; each of the 48 curves in the road is named after the character which it resembles.

Isahaya-shi (諫早市)

A city located in Nagasaki Prefecture.

Ise-no-kuni (伊勢国,)

Also known as: Seishuu (勢州)

A province of ancient Japan which includes most of Mie Prefecture today. It bordered the provinces of Iga, Kii, Mino, Oumi, Owari, Shima, and Yamato.

Ishigaki-yama (石垣山)

Mount Ishigaki is a mountain located in Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture 241.6 meters (792 feet) in height. It is located 2.8 kilometers (1.7 miles) to the south-west of Odawara Castle and is famous for being the place where Toyotomi Hideyoshi built his stronghold, the One-Night Castle, in 1590 during the Siege of Odawara. It was designated a historical landmark in 1959.

The mountain was originally known as Mt. Kasagake, but was renamed Ishigaki, or "stone wall" for the castle ramparts after the siege. Hideyoshi's troops started the castle on April 5th and completed it on June 26th, and it was the first all-stone castle built in the Kantou. The summit of Mt. Ishigaki offered an unbroken view of the entire Odawara Castle area.

Ishigakiyama-jou (石垣山城)

Also known as: Ishigaki-yama One-Night Castle (石垣山一夜城), Taikou One-Night Castle (太閤一夜城)

The One-Night Castle was Toyotomi Hideyoshi's stronghold during the Siege of Odawara, built on top of Mt. Ishigaki. 30,000 - 40,000 of Hideyoshi's troops began construction on it on April 5th and completed it in about 80 days. The construction was completed in secrecy, and its position within the tree cover of Mt. Ishigaki could not be seen from Odawara Castle to the north-east. At its completion, Hideyoshi ordered the trees felled so that from the Houjou side the castle seemed to spring up overnight, sapping their morale. The castle, the first all-stone castle in the Kantou, was very much a modern fortress at the time. Hideyoshi held tea parties at the castle with the imperial messenger as a guest.

The castle remains were designated a historical landmark in 1959.

Ishiguchi Hiromune (石口広宗)
? - 1582

Also known as: 采女

Original a vassal of Kitajou Takahiro, he besieged Kitajou Castle during the Otate no Ran and later served Uesugi Kagekatsu directly. He committed suicide along with twelve other Uesugi commanders in the Battle of Uozu Castle.

Ishiyama Hongan-ji (石山本願寺)

A fortified Buddhist temple established in 1496 which was home to warrior monks, priests, peasants, and local nobles (Ikkou-ikki) who opposed samurai rule. Oda Nobunaga, who feared the power and influence of the monks, set siege to the fortress in 1570 while Kennyo was its chief abbot. The siege lasted for 10 years, and the temple finally fell in 1580.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi began construction of Osaka Castle on the same site three years later.

Ishizaka Sakon (石坂左近)

Uesugi Kagetora's vassal and attendant. Historical status unknown, possibly fictional.

itako (いたこ)

Traditional blind female shamans from Northern Japan who are renowned for their ability to speak with the dead.

Ito Tsutomu (伊東勤)
Aug. 29, 1962

Ito Tsutomu played as a pitcher for the Japanese professional baseball team Seibu Lions from 1982 until 2003, during which time he led the team to 12 Pacific League championships and 10 Japan Series wins. He retired in 2003 and became the manager of the team in 2004, when he led the team to a Japan Series championship.

He debuted as a sports commentator in 2007, and now works as both a commentator and sports critic.

In Kyou Kara Maou, it's implied that Ito Tsutomu is the coach Yuuri looks up to.

Itou Kazuo (伊東一雄)
Apr. 7, 1934 - July 4, 2002

Also known as: Puncho Itou

Itou Kazuo was a Japanese professional baseball player in the Pacific League. During downtimes his hobby was to tour all the Major League ballparks in the US, where he picked up the "Puncho" nickname because he was thought to look like a Mexican. He later became a baseball commenter who helped build close ties between the Japanese and American baseball leagues.

Itou Tsutomu (伊東勤)

Catcher for the Saitama Seibu Lions from 1982 to 2003, widely considered one of the best defensive backstops in Japan. He is now a manager for the team.

Iwaki Tsunetaka (岩城常隆)
1567 - 1590

Head of the Iwaki Clan and a military commander of the Sengoku era, son of Iwaki Chikataka. His father became a vassal of the Satake Clan to inherit the position of clan head, but in compensation the third son of Satake Yoshishige was adopted into the clan as Iwaki Sadataka and heir to the clan.

In 1590, Tsunetaka participated in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's campaign against Odawara Castle and was given land as a reward, but died soon after.

Iwakubo (岩窪町)

A town in Koufu City, Yamanashi Prefecture which contains Takeda Shingen's tomb, known as the Maenduka.

Iwano-eki (岩野駅)

A small railway station in Nagano Prefecture.

Iyo-no-kuni (伊予国)

Also known as: Yoshuu (予州)

An ancient province of Japan located in present-day Aichi Prefecture .

Izu-hantou (伊豆半島)

Izu Peninsula, located to the west of Tokyo, was formerly part of Izu Province and is today a part of Shizuoka Prefecture. It is known for its hot springs and is a part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Izu-no-kuni (伊豆国)

Izu was a ancient province of Japan that consisted of the Izu Peninsula, today a part of Shizuoka Prefecture, and the Izu Archipelago, today a part of Tokyo. During the Sengoku Period, Houjou Souun took Izu as his first province.

Izumi-no-kuni (和泉国)

Also known as: Senshuu (泉州)

A province of ancient Japan which is now a part of south-western Osaka Prefecture.